The Continuing Vitality of the Problématique of Vitalism?

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In this essay review the author delineates a conceptual framework - 'the problématique of vitalism', and discusses Sellars's notion of scientific image as applied to the articles in the volume edited by Sebastian Normandin and Charles Wolfe. These articles range from historical ones starting in early nineteenth century to contemporary biological and philosophical work. The author uses this conceptual framework to analyze the articles and examine the contributions made in them to clarifying or exemplifying the continued, yet transforming, meaning and relevance of vitalism. The essay review ends by recommending the volume, characterizing it as follows, 'In it biologists, philosophers and historians of biological thought have wrestled with the concept of life as distinct yet inseparable from scientific practices, theorizing and methodological reflection.' (ed)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • Biology
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of science
  • Nineteenth
  • Science
  • Twentieth
  • Vitalism


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