Dear Cassiano, list,


I regard the below message as very interesting. Cassiano, your English is definitely not poor. And for me it adds for sure to the understanding of the very interesting notion of Entelechy. Which I also regard a very interesting subject. But, till now I only know the sources of Peirce and Aristotle for this notion. Maybe some people here now some other sources where interesting statements about entelechy are made?


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Kind regards,




Van: Cassiano Terra Rodrigues [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Verzonden: maandag 5 juni 2006 3:51
Aan: Peirce Discussion Forum
Onderwerp: [peirce-l] Re: Entelechy


Hello list:

It's been a long while I don't write, but the subject interests me.
I run the risk of repeating everything that was said here about entelechy, but a look up at the form of the word seems appropriate:
entelechy in ancient greek is a form of saying (as literally as I can see) en telos echein, that is, something like "to have the end [aim?] in", "the obtaining of the end" (since the verb "echein" has a wide semantic range).
In this sense, it is possible to think of it as a process rather than the final result of the process itself - if we think in analogy to the ultimate interpretant, it's perfectly fit: although the interpretant is called "ultimate", it's nonetheless still an interpretant, sign-process in sum.
Now, the substantive "entelechia" seems to indicate exactly this, as I can see, in Aristotle: a process of attaining the end (telos), which should not as I see be defined as a definite outcome, final and not capable of being fowarded furthermore - because the idea of telos carries the notion of possible aim to be reached - the final cause is of the nature of a general desire, in Peirce's interpretation (which seems a very plausible way to read Aristotle's theory of the four causes - the formal cause being in the end the same as the final cause, the material cause the same as the efficient cause). So, entelechy would be a process of causation, the finalization of the  process of attainment a telos, or of fulfillment of the end, if I can say this in English. So, it continues to be a process, as I tend to read it; not the same as before, but still a process.
I hope I'm understandable in this poor English of mine, and I also hope I'm not completely out of the discussion.
All the best to all,
(from the Center for Studies on Pragmatism, Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC), Brasil).

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