Definition of entelechy in English:
noun (plural entelechies)Philosophy
1.1The supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organization.
- His working definition is that psych is the ‘first entelechy of a natural organic body’.
- The entelechy of a caterpillar is to grow into a butterfly.
- The true freedom possible in theology requires a significant degree of prior bondage; the substance of this discipline does not materialize simply out of our own entelechy.
- This is in keeping with the British emergentists' view of emergence as midway between ‘mechanistic’ reductionism and vitalism of a sort which posited entelechies, substances embodying life-governing principles.
- Each twin formed a unitary entelechy, a single living organism made of psyche and soma, still rotating in opposite directions to each other.
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