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“What is Dead May Not Die”: Locating Marginalized Concepts Among Ordinary Biologists (2022)


Historians and biologists identify the debate between mechanists and vitalists over the nature of life itself with the arguments of Driesch, Loeb, and other prominent voices. But what if the conversation was broader and the consequences deeper for the field? Following the suspicions of Joseph Needham in the 1930s and Francis Crick in the 1960s, we deployed tools of the digital humanities to an old problem in the history of biology. We analyzed over 31,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers and learned that bioexceptionalism participated in a robust discursive landscape throughout subfields of the life sciences, occupied even by otherwise unknown biologists.

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Authors & Contributors
Wolfe, Charles T.
Allen, Garland E.
Terada, Motoichi
Gingras, Yves
Bechtel, William
Carvallo, Sarah
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
Science in Context
Foundations of Chemistry
British Journal for the History of Science
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
University of Chicago
Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin
University of Pittsburgh Press
Classiques Garnier
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Philosophy of biology
Stahl, Georg Ernst
Crick, Francis
Spemann, Hans
Loeb, Jacques
Watson, James Dewey
Sherrington, Charles Scott
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, late
21st century
Great Britain
Université de Montpellier
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.)

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