In terminology, dynamis, as compared to “energia”, refers to []

In c.570BC, Heraclitus, in his Physics, only fragments of which extant, introduced the term “energy” as en-ergon; the following are summaries of this:

"En-ergon, is the father of every ‘thing’, king of all things and, out of it, all forms of contrast originate. Since ‘en-ergon’ is common to everything, it is vital for life itself.”
Heraclitus (c.570BC), Physics; fragment paraphrase by Gerrit Feekes (1986) in his The Hierarchy of Energy Systems (pg. 1) [2]

“The term energia was first used by Heraclitus to connote fire as the primary source of action. Heraclitus, in his Physics, considered ‘energon the father of everything and the originator of all life on Gaia.”
Paris Arnopoulos (1993), Sociophysics (pg. 21) [3]

In c.350BC, Aristotle, in his Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, and De Anima, building on Heraclitus, and the other physicists, such as Empedocles and Democritus, employed a pair of connected principles he called energia, meaning a “mode of being”, and dynamis, meaning “potentiality”. [4]

In 1689, Gottfried Leibniz, in his Dynamica, building on the earlier work of Galileo (1632), introduced the term “dynamics”.

The following are related quotes:

“Semen is potentially these sorts of things, either according to its own bulk or it has a certain dynamis in itself.”
Aristotle (c.350BC), Publications (726b17-19) [1]

1. Katayama, Errol G. (1999). Aristotle on Artifacts: a Metaphysical Puzzle (pg. 88). SUNY.
2. (a) Feekes, Gerrit B. (1986). The Hierarchy of Energy Systems: from Atom to Society (pg. 1). Pergamon Press.
(b) Lancaster, Justin. (1989). “The Theory of Radially Evolving Energy” (abs), Int. J. General Systems, 16: 43-73.
3. Arnopoulos, Paris. (1993). Sociophysics: Cosmos and Chaos in Nature and Culture (pg. 21). Nova Publishers, 2005.
4. (a) Anon. (c.2019). “Actuality vs Potentiality in Aristotle” (Ѻ), The-Philosophy.com.
(b) Potentiality and actuality – Wikipedia.

External links
Dunamis (Dynamis) (disambiguation) – Wikipedia.

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