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The theory or doctrine that life processes arise from or contain a nonmaterial vital principle and cannot be explained entirely as physical and chemical phenomena.

vi′tal·ist adj. & n.
vi′tal·is′tic adj.
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Lust described the body in spiritual and vitalistic terms with "absolute reliance upon the cosmic forces of man's nature.
The power of Chinese lies in its holistic, aesthetic, vitalistic nature.
Growing out of a largely vitalistic ideological perspective of African American life, the Africanist theoretical school has advanced constructs that focus upon the unique characteristics of African peoples" (Banks 1992, 265), but this idea has been challenged or rather attempted to be assimilated within conventional empirical science through comparative frameworks which argue that one cannot claim that Blacks are in fact unique without comparing this group to a white reference group that are without these allegedly unique Black characteristics.
Sheldrake proposed his theory of morphogenetic fields as the only viable alternative to mechanistic and vitalistic theories to explain biological morphogenesis (in general, the issue of biological development of organisms from simple structures, and even the continued development of organisms when a part of the organism is removed).
In addition, not all theorists of Dada and Surrealism interpret those movements in terms of vitalistic impulses and occult realms, although a hermetic tradition in Surrealism is certainly one of those interpretations.
The organization hosts seminars regularly throughout the world, which are taught from the vitalistic perspective, with great emphasis placed on clinical, hands on application.
The reason this is so significant is that the image of 'Black-Bile' has long since ceased to evoke much meaning in the Western imagination, whereas the concept of air or wind quickly calls to mind a great many associations to anyone familiar with vitalistic modes of thought.
The theological interpretation of these tendencies in no way impinges on their scientific description in the way it would if a vitalistic understanding were adopted.
The communication is represented by Bataille in vitalistic and organic terms: as transfer of the magnetic stream into the social body, as formation of some kind of collective unconsciousness that is unreceptive to calculation and premeditation" (Khejmone 1994: 206).
Ruth Hedrick, certified in vitalistic herbology and whole-food nutrition, will teach the "History of Healing" from 2 p.
17) Among the heterodox dissenters during this period were those attracted to various pantheistic and vitalistic conceptions of the material world as somehow intelligent and self-organizing, an ideology that fitted a republican outlook.
In addition to Davy's scientific influence, Coleridge provided a theological and poetic foundation for Mary Shelley's theistic and vitalistic worldview.