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Raynond Ruyer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692040

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692040.001.0001

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Description of Finalist Activity

Description of Finalist Activity

(p.8) 2 Description of Finalist Activity

Raymond Ruyer

Alyosha Edlebi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter defines several notions that can serve as content for the axiological cogito and critiques their misunderstanding in philosophy. Ruyer defines (1) liberty as the capacity of giving sense to things; (2) existence as the existence of a center of signifying acts; (3) work-activity as the actualization in which a being is engaged; (4) finality as the endeavor to actualize virtualities; (5) invention as the creation of form that organizes potential; and (6) value as the goal towards which finality tends. The chapter closes by explaining how those notions interact to account for finalist activity.

Keywords:   Axiological cogito, Philosophy, Existence, Virtuality, Actualization, Invention, Creation, Form, Finality

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