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 E - Entelechy

Entelechy: Entity that believes, desires and has ends, that is the basis of all believing, desiring and striving for ends that organisms do.

The entelechy is an Aristotelian notion, that also was picked up by Leibniz, whose monads are entelechies, and who believed absolutely everything - also what appears utterly lifeless - has some sort of entelechy that keeps it together to be that thing it is, and that keeps it doing the kinds of things entities of its kind do in given circumstances.

The most likely scientific hypothesis about animals and human beings is what corresponds to their entelechy is part of the functioning of their living brains.


See also: Brain, Leibniz, Monad


Aristotle, Dennett, Leibniz,

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