Entelechy


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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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Driesch defined entelechy as an intensive manifoldness.
But the way it unfolds/evolves is always already in its "seed." This understanding sees entelechy as an eventless process.
(44.) See for instance, section 66: "there is a world of creatures, of living beings, of animals, of entelechies, of souls in the least part of matter"; and 70: "each living body has a dominant entelechy...
(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.
Entelechy is a matter of becoming, a matter of emergence, not something to be rationally predetermined.
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He was rigorously seeking a form that might revolutionize perception--conjure a different kind of visual schema, and so his best paintings present a staggering entelechy of psycheciel la .
In this world, Art is refused the comfort of entelechy.
It was something we didn't know in advance; maybe this might have been composed, for all we knew, of some ethereal entelechy. Now imagine an object occupying this very position in the room which was an ethereal entelechy.
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In 'Circe', echoing Melies, Stephen argues for body-subject communication: gesture is 'a universal language', which 'render[s] visible not the lay sense but the first entelechy' (U 15.105-7).
After a rather simplistic discussion of bees as representative examples of instinctive 'drivenness' among animals, he focused particularly on the work of Hans Dreisch on entelechy and on Jakob von Uexkull's careful demonstrations of the subjectivity and agency of various animals.