A doctrine teaching that life is caused and sustained by a vital principle distinct from all physical and chemical forces. Vitalism says that life is, at least in part, self-determining and self-evolving.
The concept that the functions of an organism are due to a "vital principle" or "life force" distinct from the physical forces explainable by the laws of physics and chemistry. Chiropractors refer to that force as "Innate Intelligence." "
Vitalism, also known as dynamism is the philosophy expounded by Mahavira, a prominent teacher of Jainism. It combined the earlier Jain teacher PÄrÅ›vanÄtha's asceticism and the naturalistic teachings of the Ä€jÄ«vikas.