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Endowed Molecules And Emergent Organization: The Maupertuis-Diderot Debate

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In a long-term transformation, that begins in Antiquity but takes a crucial turn in the Renaissance anatomies, the "fibre" becomes from around 1750 the operative building block and at the same times the first unifying principle of function-structure-complexes of organic bodies. This chapter discusses some key notions, technical analogies, and images that are related to "fibre"-concepts from Andreas Vesalius to Albrecht von Haller and then focus on Charles Bonnet's and Denis Diderot's fibre oeconomies. In Bonnet's and Diderot's fibre oeconomies, the self-active, regulating properties of fibre-agents and their material structures, that reach from fibre bundles, tissues and membranes to apparati of organs, are united within the concrete whole of individual organized "systems" or "networks".

Keywords:Andreas Vesalius; Charles Bonnet; Denis Diderot's fibre oeconomies; fibre bundles; material structures; organic body



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