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Philosophy of Vitalism

Nature volume 92, pages 400401 (04 December 1913) | Download Citation



THE courteous reply of Prof. Driesch to my letter on vitalism which was published in NATURE of November 6 calls for only a few remarks from me. If Prof. Driesch and I were discussing questions of epistemology or of consciousness, questions in which as an amateur I have taken an interest for many years, it is possible that our points of view might not be so far apart; it would certainly be possible to arrange a modus vivendi between them. But for me the value of a conception in zoology is its fruitfulness in connecting facts and in leading to the discovery of new facts; and my objection to the conception of entelechy is not that it is idealistic, but that it is barren.

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  1. Imperial College of Science, November 15.

    • E. W. MACBRIDE


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