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Lebenskraft (vital force)

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Although it gained currency in scientific debates about generation and processes of life (vitality) at the end of the eighteenth century, the lexeme Lebenskraft (vital force) played only a marginal role in Goethe’s scientific writings. By accounting for the distinctiveness of the living (or organic, animate), it manifests the conceptual bifurcation within the scientific discourse of the period between the living and non-living. Goethe’s understanding of the concept, which is fluid, reflects a...

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10.5195/glpc.2021.45

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
German
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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ORCID:
0000-0002-0435-1356
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Journal:
Goethe-Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts More from this journal
Volume:
1
Issue:
2
Publication date:
2021-11-05
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2694-2321
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English
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1329639
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pubs:1329639
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2023-02-22

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