hylozoism

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hy·lo·zo·ism

 (hī′lə-zō′ĭz′əm)
n.
The philosophical doctrine holding that all matter has life, which is a property or derivative of matter.

[Greek hūlē, matter + Greek zōē, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + -ism.]

hy′lo·zo′ic adj.
hy′lo·zo′ist n.
hy′lo·zo·is′tic (-zō-ĭs′tĭk) adj.

hylozoism

(ˌhaɪləˈzəʊɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that life is one of the properties of matter
[C17: hylo- + Greek zōē life]
ˌhyloˈzoic adj
ˌhyloˈzoist n
ˌhylozoˈistic adj
ˌhylozoˈistically adv

hy•lo•zo•ism

(ˌhaɪ ləˈzoʊ ɪz əm)

n.
the philosophical doctrine that matter is inseparable from life, which is a property of matter.
[1670–80; < Greek hyl(ē) matter, wood + -o- -o- + zō(ḗ) life + -ism]
hy`lo•zo′ic, adj.
hy`lo•zo′ist, n.
hy`lo•zo•is′tic, adj.

hylozoism

Philosophy. the doctrine that all matter has life. — hylozoist, n. — hylozoistic, adj.
See also: Matter
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We have passed from the ancient panvitalism to the current situation in which life is rare and improbable in the universe, when precisely it is not fundamentally reduced to nonlife, to mechanically and chemically ordered matter (pan-mechanicalism).
The discovery of the two spheres of matter and spirit which took the place of primitive panvitalism and hylozoism-an achievement of Greek thought--introduced a new theoretical situation which had once again to be reckoned with.