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  1. Dec 2019
    1. Dr. Darwin

      Shelley refers to Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), the polymath poet, inventor, and scientist who controversially speculated on the materialist idea of life's origins in matter.

  2. Feb 2019
    1. vitalist

      Vitalism is "'the belief that "living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things.'"

      If we allowed the vitalist premise, we could point to someone like Siegert who might argue that, even if there is a difference between organic and inorganic, they each constitute the other; the "living" and the "non-living" collaboratively make up a system of cultural techniques, which "link humans, things, media and even animals" (abstract 48). Like his walls and fences examples.