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On Time, Being, and HungerChallenging the Traditional Way of Thinking Life$
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Juan Manuel Garrido

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239351.001.0001

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On Time, Being, and Hunger
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Juan Manuel Garrido

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239351.003.0003

This chapter characterizes further the temporal-irreversible structure implied in teleological explanation. It focuses on the history of nineteenth-century thermodynamics and highlights the importance of the second law for the conceptualization of living organization. Any phenomenon of self-organization apparently violates the second law, since the complexity of the system is supposed to increased and the free energy is at least maintained. With the the theoretical frame provided by the second law and its cosmological generalizations, a neo-vitalistic explanation of the phenomenon of life emerged (for instance with Bergson).

Keywords:   Thermodynamics, second law, time, energy, organization, vitalism

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