- the doctrine that matter is inseparable from life, which is a property of matter.
Origin of hylozoism
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For this we must substitute a simple mechanical causality in the sense of psycho-mechanical monism or hylozoism.The Wonders of Life
Hylozoism is the doctrine that life and matter are inseparable.
Now it is true that in his general belief Newton himself is not free from hylozoism.The Approach to Philosophy
Ralph Barton Perry
So Hylozoism, ancient and modern, under whatever name you please to term it, breaks down.
- the philosophical doctrine that life is one of the properties of matter
C17: hylo- + Greek zōē life
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