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Lachelier, Jules (1832–1918)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC047-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Lachelier is, along with Octave Hamelin, one of the foremost French metaphysicians of the nineteenth century. An idealist, he was a major figure in the neo-spiritualist movement, which opposed the materialism dominating scientific thought at the time. For all that, Lachelier did not set up a division between consciousness and life, but, following the example of Maine de Biran and Ravaisson, he rather saw in mind the inwardness of life, at work in the whole of nature.

Citing this article:
Piclin, Michel. Lachelier, Jules (1832–1918), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC047-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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