Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the Place of Irritability in the History of Life and Death

  title={Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the Place of Irritability in the History of Life and Death},
  author={Guido Giglioni},
In the history of philosophy and science, vitalism has a bad reputation, for the very definition of life remains remorselessly murky. And yet life also resists all attempts at reduction carried out by the logic of mechanical reason. While on a superficial level, life smacks of irrational exuberance, on a deeper level, it is in the very uncomfortable company of death. In this chapter, I argue that this ambivalence is particularly evident in Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s natural philosophy. In his… Expand
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