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Act and Potency
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I. Philosophy – II. Philosophy of Religion

I. Philosophy

Act and potency (actus, realization, reality – potentia, predisposition, possibility), one of the pairs of concepts introduced by Aristotle. It is intended to do justice to the circumstance that not only that which actually exists belongs to the category of being as a whole, but also the sphere of tendencies, dispositions, and capacities that relate to something which is itself not or not yet a …

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Wieland, Wolfgang and Knuuttila, Simo, “Act and Potency”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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