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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65)--notably, the notion of a cultural conatus, as it were, whereby each culture "tends to persevere in its being, whether by dominating other cultures or by struggling against their domination" (p.

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