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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``This is indeed the judgment of God,'' said the Grand Master, looking upwards ``Fiat voluntas tua!''
De acuerdo con Luis Herrera Lasso, Clausewitz fue el primero en identificar a la guerra como un fenomeno propio del Estado-nacion moderno, y en establecer que: la guerra es la continuacion de la politica por otros medios; el conocimiento adecuado del enemigo es tan importante como la claridad de los objetivos que se persiguen; la guerra total consiste en el uso de todos los medios disponibles para someter la voluntas politica del enemigo; la guerra se suspende con la rendicion de una de las partes; de la forma de hacer la guerra dependera la manera de alcanzar la paz.
The very possession of voluntas (the will) places humanity above nature; indeed its very use involves the modification of purely instinctive habits, which would be ruled instead by the sensitiva, so that education may dominate pure instinct ("If nature, she may mend it with skill"); on the other hand, there is no superior capacity than voluntas, and it is at its command that all the other faculties of the soul work ("If will, she at will may will forgoe").
1990 "Taxes and Giving: New Findings." Voluntas 1:61-79.
(14.) Psalm 1:1-2: "Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum, / et in via peccatorum non stetit, / et in cathedra pestilentia non sedit; sed in lege Domini voluntas ejus / et in lege ejus meditabitur die ac nocte." In Clement Marot's translation: "Qui au conseil des malins n'a este, / Qui n'est au trac des pecheurs arreste, / Qui des moqueurs au bane place n'a prise: / Mais nuit & jour, la Loy contemple & prise / De l'Eternel, & en est desireux: / Certainement cesruy-la estheureux"; see Defaux, 1995, 101.
I: The Question of Definitions', in: Voluntas, 3:2, pp.
(26.) See Benjamin Gidron, The Evolution of Israel's Third Sector: The Role of Predominant Ideology, 8(1) VOLUNTAS 11, 11-12, 15-17 (1997).
1,48) and never wearied in quoting Augustine's definition of sin in De duabus animabus 15: Peccatum est voluntas ammittendi vel retinendi, quod iustitia vetat et unde liberum est abstinere (op.imp.
Est mihi iucunda in malis et grata in dolore vestra erga me voluntas, sed eam per deos immortalis!
i.326 |stat pro ratione voluntas': Juvenal, VI.223 (|sit').
Pro ratione voluntas, the second clause of this line of Juvenal's, became detached from its poetic roots sometime in the late twelfth century and entered juristic literature.(32) Nothing seems a clearer statement of arbitrary and unfettered authority than the wife's attempt to justify her decision.

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