conatus

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conatus

(kəʊˈneɪtəs)
n, pl -tus
1. an effort or striving of natural impulse
2. (Philosophy) (esp in the philosophy of Spinoza) the tendency of all things to persist in their own being
[C17: from Latin: effort, from cōnārī to try]

conatus

a vital force in plants or animals, similar to human effort. See also plants.
See also: Animals
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For these two philosophers, the fragmentary and ever changing nature of our reality as portrayed by the Big Bang reveals itself as "appetitus," "tireless tensions, which living in the absence of rest, affirm the creation of the world in all its points" ('infatigables tensions, vivant dans l'absence de repos affirmant la creation du monde en tous ses points' [72]).
No escolio, por fim, Espinosa afirma que essa vontade (voluntas) ou esse apetite (appetitus)--termos que para Espinosa sao sinonimos (E III P 9 esc pp.
401: "Ex hoc igitur aliquid dicitur amari, quod appetitus amantis se habet ad illud sicut ad suum bonum.