On the Vitality of Vitalism

  title={On the Vitality of Vitalism},
  author={Monica Greco},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={15 - 27}
  • M. Greco
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Art
  • Theory, Culture & Society
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