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hylozoism

Syllabification: hy·lo·zo·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌhīləˈzōizəm
 
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Definition of hylozoism in English:

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.

Origin

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

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