élan vitalélan vi·tal
in Bergsonian philosophy, the original vital impulse which is the substance of consciousness and nature
Origin of élan vitalFr, literally , vital force
The vital force hypothesized by Henri Bergson as a source of efficient causation and evolution in nature. Also called life force .
Origin of elan vitalFrench élan ardor vital vital
- The life force or vital principle posited in the philosophy of Henri Bergson; any mysterious or creative vital principle.
From French élan vital, coined by Henri Bergson.