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Vitalism and Its Legacy in Twentieth Century Life Sciences and Philosophy

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  • Brings together sociologists, historians, and philosophers of biology

  • Offers a synchronistic blend of approaches and perspectives

  • Approaches western and eastern European scientific geographies, allowing for novel comparisons

Part of the book series: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences (HPTL, volume 29)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Vitalism and Its Legacies in Twentieth Century Life Sciences and Philosophy

    • Christopher Donohue, Charles T. Wolfe
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. On the Heuristic Value of Hans Driesch’s Vitalism

    • Ghyslain Bolduc
    Pages 27-48Open Access
  4. Canguilhem and the Logic of Life

    • Arantza Etxeberria, Charles T. Wolfe
    Pages 131-151Open Access
  5. A ‘Fourth Wave’ of Vitalism in the Mid-20th Century?

    • Erik L. Peterson
    Pages 173-192Open Access
  6. Metabolism in Crisis? A New Interplay Between Physiology and Ecology

    • Cécilia Bognon-Küss
    Pages 193-216Open Access
  7. What Is Living and What Is Dead in Political Vitalism?

    • Cat Moir
    Pages 239-261Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 263-269

About this book

This Open Access book combines philosophical and historical analysis of various forms of alternatives to mechanism and mechanistic explanation, focusing on the 19th century to the present. It addresses vitalism, organicism and responses to materialism and its relevance to current biological science. In doing so, it promotes dialogue and discussion about the historical and philosophical importance of vitalism and other non-mechanistic conceptions of life. It points towards the integration of genomic science into the broader history of biology. It details a broad engagement with a variety of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century vitalisms and conceptions of life. In addition, it discusses important threads in the history of concepts in the United States and Europe, including charting new reception histories in eastern and south-eastern Europe. While vitalism, organicism and similar epistemologies are often the concern of specialists in the history and philosophy of biology and of historians of ideas, the range of the contributions as well as the geographical and temporal scope of the volume allows for it to appeal to the historian of science and the historian of biology generally. 


Editors and Affiliations

  • National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, USA

    Christopher Donohue

  • Département de Philosophie & ERRAPHIS, Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, Toulouse, France

    Charles T. Wolfe

About the editors

Dr. Christopher Donohue is Historian of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health.  He established the institutional archives at the NHGRI and currently manages the History of Genomics Program, which promotes the study of genomics and its integration into the 20th century life sciences. He has conducted over sixty oral history interviews which cover all aspects of modern biology and genetics. He is the editor of a special issue on “Genomics and the Human Genome Project” for the Journal of the History of Biology. He is an associate editor of the Ideology and Politics Journal, which publishes peer-reviewed scholarly work on post-Soviet ideas and politics.  Dr. Donohue focuses on the history of population genetics as well as conceptual issues in contemporary biological science. His interests range from conceptual appropriation in the biological and the social sciences to the reception of various scientific ideologies (Darwinism, vitalism, materialism) in central and south-eastern Europe.

 

Charles T. Wolfe is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Université de Toulouse-2 Jean-Jaurès. He works primarily in history and philosophy of the early modern life sciences, with a particular interest in materialism and vitalism. He is the author of Materialism: A Historico-Philosophical Introduction (2016), La philosophie de la biologie: une histoire du vitalisme (2019) and Lire le matérialisme (2020), and has edited or coedited volumes on monsters, brains, empiricism, biology, mechanism and vitalism, including most recently (w. D. Jalobeanu) the Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences (2019-2022) and (w. J. Symons, in progress) The History and Philosophy of Materialism. He is co-editor of the book series ‘History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences’ (Springer). Papers available at [https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/CharlesWolfe]

 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Vitalism and Its Legacy in Twentieth Century Life Sciences and Philosophy

  • Editors: Christopher Donohue, Charles T. Wolfe

  • Series Title: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-12604-8

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12603-1Published: 03 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12606-2Published: 03 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-12604-8Published: 02 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2211-1948

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-1956

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 269

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Biology, History of Biology, History of Medicine

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