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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A natural tendency, impulse or striving.

Usage examples (30)
  • He took the philosophical idea of a "conatus" - a striving to continue to exist and thereby to preserve one's essence - as his general principle.
  • In Spinoza's view, we act virtuously if we act rationally to strive to exist, in accordance with this idea of a "conatus".
  • In short, Descartes, Leibniz, and Hume "de-anthropomorphized" conatus and causation.
  • The conatus of a moving body was its disposition to continue in motion unless interfered with. for more
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