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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Definitions for entelechy

  1. A realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
  2. In vitalist philosophy, a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

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Citations for entelechy
It must gratify a man to evolve so perfectly concomitantly with his years, to write patriarchally when he is old, to be so complete an entelechy . Kenneth Burke, Here & Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke
The vast realm of natural entelechy is virtually unknowable, but we already have on the books more information than any poet can use. Herbert A. Leibowitz, Parnassus: Twenty Years of Poetry In Review
Origin of entelechy
1595-1605
Entelechy is built from the Greek roots telos "goal" andech "to have."
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