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Aristotle and the Theory of Entelechy

What is "entelechy?" What "philosophical giant" of the past came up with these ideas? What are the four causes that contribute to the movement of entelechy?

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1. What is "entelechy?" What "philosophical giant" of the past came up with these ideas? What are the four causes that contribute to the movement of entelechy?

Aristotle and Theory of "entelechy?"

Aristotle (384-322 BC) is the "philosophical giant" of the past who came up with these ideas (see attachment for more a brief history leading to development of the movement of entelechy).

In fact, Aristotle has pretty much invented modern logic. Except for its symbolic form, it is essentially the same today. (It may be helpful to read the attachment for overview of Aristotle's life and relationship to Plato).

Let's start at Metaphysics:

1. While Plato separates the ever-changing phenomenal world from the true and eternal ideal reality, Aristotle suggests that the ideal is found "inside" the phenomena, the universals "inside" the particulars.

2. What Plato called idea or ideal, Aristotle called essence, and its opposite, he referred to as matter. Matter is without shape ...

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This solution explains the meaning of "entelechy," according to Aristotle, including the four causes that contributed to the movement of entelechy. Supplemented by one supporting article.

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