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From Aristotle to Democritus via Darwin

In F. Ayala & T. Dobzhansky (eds.), Studies in the Philosophy of Biology. University of California Press. pp. 3--19 (1974)

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  1. Mechanism and Vitalism. A History of the Controversy.Geert Jan M. De Klerk - 1979 - Acta Biotheoretica 28 (1):1-10.
    This is an attempt to interpret the history of mechanism vs. vitalism in relation to the changing framework of culture and to show the interrelation between both these views and experimental science. After the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, causal mechanism of classical physics provided the framework for the study of nature. The teleological and holistic properties of life, however, which are incompatible with this theory yielded — as a result both of internal developments within biology and of a (...)
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  • Creativity in Biology and in the Human Mind (Manifestation of Concepts).J. Siegfried Wagener - 1985 - Acta Biotheoretica 34 (1):3-51.