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Entelechy

 

one of the central concepts of Aristotelian philosophy, expressing the unity of the four causes, or fundamental principles, of existence—matter, form, efficient cause, and final cause.

The various definitions of entelechy encountered in Aristotle may be reduced to the transition from potentiality, or possibility, to the organized manifestation of energy—such energy containing within itself its own material substance, its own cause, and the end of its own motion, or development. In modern times the concept has been used by G. von Leibniz, who used the term “entelechy” to designate his monads. Entelechy was given a particular interpretation in the vitalism of the German biologist H. Driesch.

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The material Salem offers at the end of Chapter 1, which enriches our understanding of the function argument by way of the concepts energeia and entelecheia found in Aristotle's Metaphysics, is excellent.
This is also a metaphysical question about the entelecheia of human being, of the species essence.
energeia) es revenir a la entelecheia, realizarla otra vez.
36) Indeed, as Gadamer has shown, while this notion is explicitly developed by Aristotle in the term he coined, entelecheia, it has its roots in Plato.
En el III, que se titula La indole potencial de la forma, del compuesto hilemorfico, del alma, se centra la atencion en los diversos sentidos del acto: energeia, entelecheia y actus essendi, asi como en la asimilacion aristotelica del acto a la forma en los diversos sentidos de potencia.
La direccion metodologica mas importante es la discusion de los sentidos aristotelicos del acto: como entelecheia (acto formal, acto de la sustancia) y como energeia (operacion inmanente o praxis).
58) "Motus est actus entis in potentia, prout in potentia est" for "hei tou dunamei ontos entelecheia, he toiouton, kinesis estin"; Physics 3.
The unifying thesis is that "self-maintenance of the individual entity and its dynamic, but stable species-configuration depend causally on each other in the hou heneka relation whose outcome is the unitary existence as entelecheia.
La posibilidad kata physin es establecida en funcion de la actualidad real, de la entelecheia.
Achtenberg further argues that the good and the beautiful can be understood in terms of metaphysical concepts of telos, entelecheia, or energeia of a thing, a person, or an act because telos is what makes a thing complete, truly being "what it is.
145) Despite his appropriation of Aristotle's term, entelecheia, Leibniz radically transforms its content.
22) One other instance of Aristotle's rare use of the word entelecheia is found in book 3 of his Physics, where he defines motion, and tells us that "the entelecheia of what exists potentially, in so far as it exists potentially, is motion," and that "the same thing, if it is of a certain kind, can be both a potential and an entelecheia.