The Death of Early Twentieth Century Vitalism

Master's Thesis


The theories of vitalism, exemplified by the doctrine of the entelechy put forth by Hans Driesch, were once popular in the history of science. However, current scholars reject vitalism as a metaphysical heresy because it violates the metaphysics of materialism or physicalism.


Attribute NameValues
Author Bohang Chen
Contributor Katherine Brading, Research Director
Contributor Phillip R. Sloan, Research Director
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline History and Philosophy of Science
Degree Name Master of Arts
Defense Date
  • 2016-06-21

Submission Date 2016-07-08
  • vitalism, logical empircism, early twentieth century science, history of biology, history of physics

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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