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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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This understanding sees entelechy as an eventless process.
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The argument of this article is that Aristotle posits two primary intrinsically interrelated senses of being in the Metaphysics: the first is substance, the real unity of which is disclosed as an individual act and intrinsic activities of existence (energeia); the second is telos and entelechy (fulfilment, perfection, and essence), which are together the primary principles of the intelligibility of that individual act and associated activities (energeia).
11) As already mentioned, the soul consists moreover of the formative involuntary entelechy for the body, as well as the voluntary capacity for self-mastery and self-possession that masters the very actualities of the soul, namely, understanding, sense appetite, and will.
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Associating final cause with the Indian notion of "it is neither" allows us to develop a becoming-or emergence-oriented understanding of final cause or entelechy.
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