Vitalism

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In terms, vitalism (TR:185) (LH:17) (TL:202), from vita-, meaning: "life" from the "vis of Venus" (Varro, 50BC), + -ism, meaning: "doctrine", is the view that the functions of an organism are due to a “vital” principle distinct from physico-chemical forces.[1]

Overview

The following table shows the basic conceptual etymology of vitalism:

Egyptian
(3100BC)
Greek
(850BC)
Roman
(400BC)
Hebrew
(200BC)
Leibniz
(1686)
Medicus
(1774)
19th-20th
century
Goddess Hathor Aphrodite Venus Eve
Force Ankh () Is (ις) (NE:210) Vis (force) Breath of life Vis viva
(living force)
Lebens kraft
(life force)
Electromagnetic force
Principle Bios (NE:282) Vita Life Vitalism / Neovitalism

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See also

References

  1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.

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