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élan vi·tal

The vital impulse hypothesized by Henri Bergson as the creative source of the evolution of life and consciousness in nature. Also called life force.

[French : élan, ardor + vital, vital.]
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élan vital

(elɑ̃ vital)
(Philosophy) a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution. Compare Bergsonism
[literally: vital impetus]
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é•lan vi•tal

(Fr. eɪ lɑ̃ viˈtal)
(esp. in Bergsonian philosophy) the vital or creative force in all organisms that is responsible for growth and evolution.
[1905–10; < French: literally, vital ardor]
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Noun1.elan vital - (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
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élan vital

The vital principle or animating force within living beings:
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Bergson's thoughts on time, space, intuition and indeed his famous 'Elan vital' had become very popular in the first quarter of the last century.
" Here is a final word from Hall, "We need not be faith curers but must be vitalists and believe in some kind of elan vital or creative evolution as opposed to materialistic or mechanistic interpretations of life." Hear that President Duterte.
In the West, thanks to the philosophical interventions of Bergson and Deleuze, among others, more and more intellectuals are turning their attention to elan vital and the virtual, making it seem as though the West has been retrieving an ancient Chinese sensibility consciously or unconsciously.
Arif Khan as an artist certainly belongs to this league and his art speaks of the roaring passion that integrates him to the elan vital of Nature.'
While the print succumbs to the indignities of age, the face reflected in its gaze retains its elan vital.
No high-minded theme here-if ever, just elan vital, as vividly expressed by the vitality of motion and hue.
One is reminded here of a non-Bergsonian, elan vital, of human effort to know, to inquire, and to boldly propose future innovations and novelties.
This interpretation sounds much too Aristotelian for Lewis who abhorred "the philosopher of divisions." Schwartz discusses at length Henri Bergson's theory of the elan vital found in Creative Evolution, which provides a middle position between religious and naturalistic points of view.
In a related point, Bennett celebrates the Bergsonian elan vital for being a source of surprise beneath all the specific bodies it organizes.