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Entelechy,
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from Greek ἐντελέχεια/entelécheia, composed of ἐντελής (entelḗs, “complete, -standing”) and ἐχειν (échein, “to have”); in Aristotle usually synonymous with ἐνέργεια (enérgeia, “reality, realization”; Lat. actus) and antonymous to δύναμις (dýnamis, “possibility, capacity”; Lat. potentia); also a component in the explication of what characterizes a substance as form in contrast to matter. The Greek expression entered the terminology of Latin philosophy untranslated as entelechia, inasmuch as it was not simply rendered (e.g. in Thomas Aquinas) with actus or p…

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Schütt, Hans-Peter, “Entelechy,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04371>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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