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The following are related quotes:
- “Oderberg’s idea of immanent causation is a good description of what I mean by ‘self-movement’. If we could not privilege the imminent causes of self-movement above non-imminent ones, then we could not even say that living canines are any more alive than robotic dogs, an assumption that is taken to its logical end in the writings of those who espouse abioism (e.g. Jabr 2013) — the idea that life does not really exist. Moreover, we see how the difference between causes internal to a thing and causes external to a thing can matter apart from their necessity in a functional process. For example, we recognize that a car battery, which cannot hold a charge and is in need of a jump, is “dead” in contrast to one that can turn the starter when prompted by the ignition. While the faulty battery might be able to still complete an electrical circuit and permit the circulation of current so the driver can make a pit stop at the auto parts store, he dare not turn the engine off before he gets there, unless he wants to jump the battery again. By saying this, I do not mean to draw an analogy between human death and the death of car batteries, but to highlight an important feature of the causal story about a thing, which can in turn provide us with knowledge about the condition of a thing.”
- — Adam Omelianchuk (2019), “The End of a Human Organism as a Self-Moving Whole” 
- Self-motion – Hmolpedia 2020.
- (a) Oderberg, David S. (2013). “Synthetic Life and the Bruteness of Causation”; in: Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics (editor: Edward Feser) (pgs. 206-35; quote, pg. 213). Palgrave Macmillan.
(b) Omelianchuk, Adam. (2019). “The End of a Human Organism as a Self-Moving Whole” (abs) (pdf) (pgs. 29-30), Journal of Medicine & Philosophy.
- Movement – Hmolpedia 2020.