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Entelechy is a philosophical concept of Aristotle. The words traces to Latin, entelechia, from Greek enteles (complete), from telos (end, completion) and echein (to have). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Aristotle (Ancient Greek: Aristotelēs 384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...


It denotes realization as opposed to potentiality.


In some philosophical systems, it may denote a force propelling one to self-fulfillment.


This concept occupies a central position in the metaphysics of Leibniz, and is closely related to his monadology. Each sentient entity contains its own entire universe within it, in a sense. Each sentient entity is a monad, an absolutely independent thing that has no contact with any other sentient entity except through the mediating agency of God. Gottfried Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (July 1, 1646 in Leipzig - November 14, 1716 in Hannover) was a German philosopher, scientist, mathematician, diplomat, librarian, and lawyer of Sorb descent. ... Monadology is a book written in 1714 describing Leibnizs Monad (independent, percipient building block of reality), programmed by God, thus creating the pre-established harmony of reality. ...

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Entelechy: actuality vs future potential: Presenting the future (Part 3) (1530 words)
There is a curious contemporary interest in entelechy, a term highlighted by Aristotle that has now been taken up by the human potential movement -- and notably by Jean Houston through her Entelechy Institute (http://www.west.net/~ceu4you/huston.html).
Entelechy is considered to be an inherent regulating and directing force in the development and functioning of an organism, the actualization of form-giving cause as contrasted with potential existence (with which future orientation is strongly associated).
In considering what might be usefully understood by entelechy in relation to the present moment there is therefore a danger of simplistic conceptual closure as reflected in statements such as: "Aristotle referred to a process known as "entelechy" the perfect and the total realization of what was previously in a potential state".
In the Spotlight: Entelechy Health Systems (944 words)
Like a growing number of medical information technology concerns, Entelechy is predicated on the idea that disciplines borrowed from manufacturing industries, such as process engineering and continuous quality improvement, have a place in medicine.
When it contracted with Entelechy in 1998, the hospital "had 20 operating rooms that we were using at 40 percent of capacity.
Young, whose health system has since taken a small equity stake in Entelechy, said that, for most hospitals, dealing with doctors who are responsible for scheduling more time than they need or others who are chronically late can be a nightmare.
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