The Protoplasmic Theory of Life and the Vitalist-Mechanist Debate

@article{Geison1969ThePT,
  title={The Protoplasmic Theory of Life and the Vitalist-Mechanist Debate},
  author={Gerald L. Geison},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1969},
  volume={60},
  pages={273 - 292}
}
  • G. Geison
  • Published 1 October 1969
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Isis
TN A LECTURE delivered in 1868 the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley 1(1825-1895) excited popular imagination by suggesting that a nitrogenous, semifluid substance, called protoplasm, was the "physical basis of life."' The notion was captivating. The basic attributes of life, Huxley insisted, are displayed by a sort of homogeneous ground substance which is common to both plants and animals and which should therefore be regarded as the most compelling evidence for the basic unity of all… Expand
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