- a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
- (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.
Origin of entelechy
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Examples from the Web for entelechy
The soul, Aristotle defines as the first entelechy of the body.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
The soul actualises the body, and becomes, as he said, its entelechy.The Mind and the Brain
Now let us examine the opinion of those who call the soul an entelechy.
That is why, if we do grant the existence of an entelechy, it must be inseparable from the body.
In every other monad, the entelechy, or energy, is but one factor.
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality as opposed to potentiality
- (in the system of Leibnitz) the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent
- something that contains or realizes a final cause, esp the vital force thought to direct the life of an organism
C17: from Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelekheia, from en- ² + telos goal, completion + ekhein to have
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Word Origin and History for entelechy
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