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Elan vital

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  1. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms


  1. "Elan Vital" a.k.a. "Élan Vital" is the third studio album by Pretty Girls Make Graves, released by Matador Records on March 4, 2006 in Australia and April 11, 2006 in the US. It is the first album with new keyboardist Leona Marrs. It was the last studio album before a seven-year hiatus from 2007 to 2014.
  2. "Elan Vital" a.k.a. "Élan Vital" is a musical album of Eve Risser & Rafal Mazur.
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Elan Vital is the name shared by several organizations that support the work of Prem Rawat, a spiritual teacher also known by the honorary title "Maharaji". Independent Elan Vital organizations in several countries raise funds, organize speaking engagements by Prem Rawat and in some cases broadcast his public addresses.

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Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations: A-E (2002)

by Cathal J. Nolan

elan vital. A mystic concept popular among the French military and public prior to World War 1, in reference to an elusive "vital spirit," which some theorists hoped would propel French arms to victory in the next war, in spite of the hard facts of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (2006)

by John Protevi

ELAN VITAL 165 which elements of the target experience are systematically changed, until such change renders the target experience unrecognisable as that from which it began. That which cannot be so changed in the process of variation is ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

life-force, vital force, elan vital (Bergson etc) (met) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cosmology (Routledge Revivals) (2014)

Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology by Norriss S. Hetherington

An elan vital, or living impulse, was required, and evolution itself was the main testimony to the continued operation of this transformative force in all living things . Bergson originally doubted that evolution manifested an overall directional ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Religion (2011)

by Mark Juergensmeyer, Wade Clark Roof

The organization's name was changed in 1983 to Elan Vital, and it continued to operate in a limited way using this designation.

Google previewReligions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 2nd Edition [6 volumes] (2010)

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices by J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann

founded the Divine Light Mission (DLM, which later became Elan Vital) in India during the 1930s. Hansji Maharaj was a disciple of Sarupanand, a guru in the lineage of Shri Paramhans Advait Mat centered ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1984)

by B. A. Phythian

elan vital [Fr.] Life-force. (ay-LAHN vee-TAHL) Phrase popularised by Bergson, philosopher. eldorado, El Dorado [Sp.] Fictitious ...

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Elan Vital, Explanation and "Pan"-theory

The pantheorist; Problems involve circular reasoning and the interaction problem.

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