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Machina Machinarum. Die Uhr Als Begriff Und Metapher Zwischen1450 Und 1750

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This introductory chapter of the book is to shed new light on different disciplinary, methodological and conceptual perspectives of this field as well as on contrasting strategies from 1600 to 1800. These perspectives and strategies are not just interpretations of a kind of a historically conceived typology of the animal', 'the human', and 'the machine'. Rather, they define the mode of existence of animals, humans and machines within specific historical constellations and within manifold worlds of things, these worlds include monsters, angels, spirits, plants, polyps, fibres, germs, and the seemingly nonliving. The historical constellations, the concrete experimental investigations and the manifold worlds of things thus stabilize and destabilize the triangular field of transitions and borders between animals, humans, and machines.

Keywords:animals; humans; machines; transitions



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