Hylozoism
Hylozoism Hy`lo*zo"ism, n. [Gr. ? wood, matter + ? life, fr. ? to live: cf. F. hylozo["i]sme.] The doctrine that matter possesses a species of life and sensation, or that matter and life are inseparable. [R.] --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

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  • Hylozoism — is the philosophical conjecture that all or some material things possess life, or that all life is inseparable from matter. The English term was introduced by Ralph Cudworth in 1678. Distinction from similar theories Although there is a… …   Wikipedia

  • Hylozoism — • The doctrine according to which all matter possesses life Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Hylozoism     Hylozoism     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • hylozoism — [hī΄lō zō′iz΄əm, hī΄ləzō′iz΄əm] n. [< HYLO + Gr zōē, life (see BIO ) + ISM] the doctrine that all matter has life, or that life is inseparable from matter hylozoist n. hylozoistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • hylozoism — hylozoic, adj. hylozoist, n. hylozoistic, adj. hylozoistically, adv. /huy leuh zoh iz euhm/, n. Philos. the doctrine that matter is inseparable from life, which is a property of matter. [1670 80; HYLO + zo (s. of Gk zoé) life + ISM] * * * View… …   Universalium

  • hylozoism — noun Etymology: Greek hylē matter, literally, wood + zōos alive, living; akin to Greek zōē life more at quick Date: 1678 a doctrine held especially by early Greek philosophers that all matter has life • hylozoist noun • hylozoistic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hylozoism — noun A philosophical doctrine espousing that all or some material things possess life, or that all life is inseparable from matter …   Wiktionary

  • hylozoism — The doctrine that all matter is endowed with life …   Philosophy dictionary

  • hylozoism — doctrine that all matter is endowed with life Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • Hylozoism — the philosophical conjecture that all or some material things possess life, or that all life is inseparable from matter …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • hylozoism — [ˌhʌɪlə(ʊ) zəʊɪz(ə)m] noun Philosophy the doctrine that all matter has life. Origin C17: from hylo + Gk zōē life …   English new terms dictionary

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