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A note on references Introduction Frederick Burwick and Paul Douglass Part I. Historical Background: 1. The traditions of enlightenment vitalism: with a note on Bakhtin George Rousseau 2. S. T. Coleridge and the romantic background to Bergson Jack Haeger 3. Sir Charles Bell and the vitalist controversy in the early nineteenth century Frederick Burwick 4. 'The triumph of life': Nietzsche's verbicide Frederick Amrine Part II. Vitalism in Twentieth Century Philosophy and Science: 5. Bergson's vitalism in the light of modern biology Maeia de Issekutz Wolsky and Alexander A. Wolsky 6. Metaphysical indeterminacy and freedom: Bergson and Peirce Milic Capek 7. Vilalism, empiricism and the quest for reality in German and English philosophy Jorgen Klein 8. Bergson and Sartre: the rise of French existentialism P. A. Y. Gunter 9. Vitalism and contemporary thought Joseph Chiari Part III. Vitalism In Twentieth Century Literature and Aesthetics: 10. Bergson and the politics of vitalism Sanford Schwartz 11. Bergson and the discourse of the moderns Richard Lehan 12. Modern times: Stein, Bergson and the ellipses of American writing Joseph N. Riddel 13. Deleuze's Bergson: Bergson redux Paul Douglass Index.