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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden


Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy





AUTOMATON (αὐτόματον, that which moves of itself).—A self-acting machine.


The term automatic is applied— (1) to any self-acting mechanism; (2) to the self-acting power of the muscular and nervous systems, by which movement is effected without intelligent determination and direction; (3) to processes in nature illustrating spontaneous action of energy. "In the automaton, for the comparatively few motions of which it is capable, we trace the mechanism throughout" (Paley, Natural Theology, ch. III.).

"Movements influenced simply by sensation, and not at all by the will, are automatic, such as winking" (Morell, Psychology, p. 99).

Aristotle employed αὐτόματον as indicative of the accidental in nature, as illustrated by results not manifestly according to the order of recognised law, including under this ἡ τύχη, chance (Physics, II. 4-6).



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