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Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization: Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany

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2018.04.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Gambarotto, Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization: Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany, Springer, 2018, 137 pp., $109.99, ISBN 9783319654140. Reviewed by Georg Toepfer, Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin The book offers a detailed reconstruction of the decisive phase of biology in the German context at the turn of the nineteenth century. In his foreword, François Duchesneau calls the monograph "an important milestone for understanding how biology came about as an independent science" (p. v). The book emerged out of a dissertation and has a clear narrative for the "rise of biology", with the decisive ingredients mentioned in the book's title: vital forces, teleology and organization. The hypothesis of "vital forces", not in the sense of metaphysical but of physical factors specific to living beings, prepared the ground by allowing for an account of life-defining. . .

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