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Raynond Ruyer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692040

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692040.001.0001

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The Neomaterialist Theories

The Neomaterialist Theories

(p.154) 15 The Neomaterialist Theories

Raymond Ruyer

Alyosha Edlebi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter (the first in a series of five chapters that study particular conceptions of finality) shows the failure of neo-materialist theories to explain organisms and organic development and argues that it recommits the old errors of mechanist determinism. Ruger argues that neofinalism recognizes lines of individual continuity between active, subjective, and normative beings against the reductivity of materialism.

Keywords:   Neo-materialism, Organism, Organic development, Neofinalism, Normative beings, Materialism

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