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The Continuing Vitality of the Problématique of Vitalism? (2014)


This collection of articles comes in the wake of a number of previous studies, special issues and conference proceedings that dealt with conceptions of vitalism primarily during the eighteenth century, several of which were initiated by Charles Wolfe in collaboration with others. Thus, one should look upon the present volume as in some ways the summation of an agenda to bring what I would define as the problématique of vitalism back into the history and philosophy of the life sciences. From that perspective one can then ask Why has there been this continuing effort? Besides the easy answer of recovering a significant historical strain and its continuing semi-subterranean existence, I believe that it points to a concern with discussions of `life' and/or living entities particularly in contradistinction to non-living entities.

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Authors & Contributors
Duchesneau, François
Rey, Roselyne
Richards, Robert John
Steigerwald, Joan
Quarfood, Marcel
Terada, Motoichi
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science in Context
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Voltaire Foundation
Edizioni Milella
University of Chicago
Cortina Editore
Classiques Garnier
Philosophy of biology
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Animal physiology
Kant, Immanuel
Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich
Stahl, Georg Ernst
Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson
Shaw, George Bernard
Huxley, Julian Sorell
18th century
17th century
19th century
Early modern
Université de Montpellier

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