Entelechy Definition

In Aristotelian philosophy, the actualization of potentiality or of essence.
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In vitalism, the inherent force which controls and directs the activities and development of a living being.
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A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
Something complex that emerges when you put a large number of simple objects together.

Origin of Entelechy

  • Late Latin entelechīa from Greek entelekheia entelēs complete (en- in en–2) (telos completion kwel-1 in Indo-European roots) ekhein to have segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin entelechia, from Ancient Greek ἐντελέχεια (entelékheia), coined by Aristotle from ἐντελής (entelés, “complete, finished, perfect”) (from τέλος (télos, “end, fruition, accomplishment”)) + ἔχω (ékhō, “to have”)

    From Wiktionary

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