What does autotelic mean?

autotelic meaning in General Dictionary

of or with respect to autotelism

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  • of or associated with or believing in autotelism

autotelic meaning in Philosophy Dictionary

(from Gr. autos, self, and telos, end) Said of any absorbing activity engaged in because of its very own sake (cf. German Selbstzweck), such as greater math, chess, etc. In aesthetics, applied to imaginative art and play which are lacking any conscious reference to the achievement of something helpful. When you look at the view of some, it may represent some thing beneficent alone of which anyone following their art impulse (q.v.) or playing is unaware, therefore approaching a heterotelic (q.v.) conception. -- K.F.L.