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Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Justin E. H. Smith

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691141787
eISBN:
9781400838721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691141787.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent ... More


Disappearing Dachniki

Melissa L. Caldwell

in Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262843
eISBN:
9780520947870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262843.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, European Cultural Anthropology

This chapter considers the sentimental attachments that Russians claim to feel for their dachas and for the countryside more generally, which take the form of nostalgic reminiscences and encapsulate ... More


Galactic Center Two: Nigel Walmsley’s Space Odyssey

George Slusser

in Gregory Benford

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038228
eISBN:
9780252096037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Nigel Walmsley's space odyssey in In the Ocean of Night and Across the Sea of Suns, which span the dates from 1999 to 2061. By the end of the first novel, Nigel has discovered a ... More


Inanimation: Theories of Inorganic Life

David Wills

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698820
eISBN:
9781452954301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698820.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Inanimation is the third volume in a series of attempts to analyze the technology of the human. Following Prosthesis (1995), where our attachment to “external” objects was traced back to a necessity ... More


Finalist Activity and Organic Life

Raymond Ruyer and Alyosha Edlebi

in Neofinalism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816692040
eISBN:
9781452953700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692040.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter shows through an extended example how organic life and activity enjoy finality and sense. Ruyer further discusses the locus of instinct between organic activity and intelligent finalist ... More


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