Definitions for "Vitalism"
The doctrine that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces.
the doctrine that life is the basic reality, of which everything else is a form or manifestation
The theory that life contains a nonmaterial vital principle and cannot be explained entirely as physical and chemical phenomena.
Vitalism, also known as dynamism is the philosophy expounded by Mahavira, a prominent teacher of Jainism. It combined the earlier Jain teacher Pārśvanātha's asceticism and the naturalistic teachings of the Ājīvikas.
Evolution is the product of an ever-present and inherent urge (entelechy) in all things.
Mistaken theory that some special ingredient causes things to be alive. Instead, we now have a systems view of life (p.162-163).