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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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Noun1.vitalist - one who believes in vitalism
believer, truster - a supporter who accepts something as true
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The article argues that in order to understand these processes, it is necessary to look at evictions and resistance from a vitalist and grounded point of view, taking the urban mechanosphere as a full actant of these processes.
Driesch was, like Bergson (whom he cited several times), a 'critical'--not a naive" vitalist.
A highly redacted version of the vitalist philosophy of Nietzsche, Europe's supreme modernist philosopher (Gooding-Williams), was also appropriated by Nazism.
11) Among naturalists throughout the eighteenth century, mechanical and vitalist philosophies competed for prominence in physiological ideas.
Hulme, like Maritain, retained a place for a vitalist component in his renewed orthodoxy, registering Aquinas's distinction between faith and reason (Mead 15).
17-21) It is from here that holism, powers, and causality were shaped into the vitalist story that responded to the mechanism of the 17th century.
Among upcoming launches from CoverGirl is a new foundation, Vitalist Healthy Elixir, formulated to provide full coverage while protecting skin with SPF 20 and hydrating, vitamin-infused ingredients.
Where the exhibition attempts to delineate the history of painting as an untimely and unstable conjoining of the information age and human expression--complicated by its associations, per the curators' introduction, with not only "intuitive subjectivity" but also "conservative forms of nationalism and patriarchal posing"--Bankowsky simply seeks out who is worthy of carrying the torch of painting's vitalist mastership.
Lobis professes that Cavendish's natural philosophy (which reflects her vitalist and monist materialist worldview) is governed by sympathies and antipathies but not in enforced or predetermined terms, but rather in active, voluntary ones.
The link in the poem between Frobenius's notion of pseudomorphosis and Spengler's idealist conceptualizion of major historical shifts, had he seen it, would have helped complete Wilder's thesis that Senghor and Cesaire were vitalist thinkers who belong to a family he calls "romantic anticapitalism" (p.
Foix shrewdly saw that these features belie Maragall's vitalist claim that the poet enjoys a privileged connection to nature.
This vitalist approach to living matter displaces the boundary between the portion of life--both organic and discursive that has traditionally been reserved for anthropos, that is to say bios, and the wider scope of animal and non-human life, also known as zoe (Braidotti, 2013, pag.