Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Vitalism: representatives of vitalism assumed that life is a kind of principle added to the non-living matter. This principle turns inorganic matter into organic matter. Aristotle had already adopted a principle of life by using his concept of entelecheia, which has its goal in itself.

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Definition Vitalism/Monod: theories that adopt a teleonomic principle that is to be effective within the "living matter". There is a radical difference between living and non-living matter.
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Henri Bergson: Life as an "urge", "stream", but this is not finalistic in Bergson.

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J. Monod
Zufall und Notwendigkeit Hamburg 1982

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