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 entelechy (en-TEL-uh-kee)

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noun Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelecheia. From enteles (complete); telos (end, completion);  echein (to have).

1.Perfect realization as opposed to a potentiality.

2.Being complete.

3.In some philosophies, a vital force that propels one to self-fulfillment.

4.It is also understood by many as the dynamic purpose that is coded within; the purposeful unfolding of what a thing is.

5. In Aristotle’s philosophy, it’s synonymous with completed actuality
where there is no further potentiality to be realized, where the thing’s essence has been fulfilled.

6. the actualization of form-giving cause as contrasted with potential existence.

7. a hypothetical agency not demonstrable by scientific methods that in some vitalist doctrines is considered an inherent regulating and directing force in the development and functioning of an organism.


Philosopher/poet David Appelbaum says:

"The terms of a self-actualizing process, or any that guides the self into being, are those of an entelechy. The entelechy itself, by moving toward its destiny, fulfills its own nature as a consciousness. It brings Being forth and gathers the invisible intelligence of mortality. The eternal, the ‘always already,’ finds its place through the entelechy’s self-actualization, its work on itself, and its discovery of the infinite in the finite. It creates itself as a self-enclosed monad that is unbounded. Its internal evolution mirrors eternal movement, cosmic movement, and by its gradual attunement, it gains a place in concert with its identity and that of the whole. Its becoming becomes what it is and is meant to be." 6/8/05



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