Comment: Questions for Jablonka and Ginsburg Drawn from Lamarck's Life-Made World
The Romantic- and Revolution-era French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck is an
important precursor for Jablonka’s and Ginsburg’s theory of living beings as beings
that learn. Lamarck defined living beings as beings that compose and create. Like
Jablonka and Ginsburg’s learning theory, Lamarck’s composing and creating theory
locates life in the capacity for a kind of purposeful striving. A consideration of his
theory can suggest fundamental questions for Jablonka and Ginsburg regarding the
relations among what they call “vivaciousness,” the state of living organisms, learning,
and evolutionary transformation.
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|February 20, 2023; February 20, 2023
|Agency · Evolution · Composition · Creativity · Lamarck · Life
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