Definition of hylozoism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪlə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun] Philosophy
The doctrine that all matter has life.
Example sentences
  • Animism was the widespread expression of this stage, hylozoism one of its later, conceptual forms.
  • In contemporary philosophical language these would be the doctrines of hylozoism and animism.
  • I want you to be mindful of what is called hylozoism and reification in philosophy.


Late 17th century: from hylo- 'matter' + Greek zōē 'life'.

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