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The Implications of ImmanenceToward a New Concept of Life$
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Leonard Lawlor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226535

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226535.001.0001

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The Followers

(p.143) Conclusion
The Implications of Immanence

Leonard Lawlor

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that Greek metaphysics is only one part of Western thinking. Contemporary naturalism (the knowledge willed in relation to bio-power) consists, as well, in a negation of Christianity. Through its drive to be reductionistic, naturalism is not only anti-Platonic, but also anti-Christian. The other side of the deconstruction of Christianity would then be “life-ism.” Life-ism would not be a return to earlier versions of vitalism. Vitalism is an idea that does not belong to our present. We can assemble the characteristics that define the new concept of life. It would not be biological in a strictly material sense; it is not natural life. Instead, in this life the living is spiritual.

Keywords:   Christianity, life-ism, naturalism, life, vitalism

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