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The Tertium Comparationis of the Elementa Physiologiae. – Johann Gottfried von Herder’s Conception of “Tears” as Mediators between the Sublime and the Actual Bodily Physiology

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This chapter aims to map out the local context of the development of Herder's views about the physiology of tears at the cross-roads of personal suffering, intellectual and theological interests. It argues that there is an intriguing perspective to be gained from developing a pathographic understanding of Herder's life. This perspective not only illuminate some paths of thought and his theological leanings, but sheds light on how he integrated contemporary medical advances into the philosophical accounts. What was decisive for Herder himself was the assumption of the fundamental physiological character of the bodily fluid of tears, which gave him carte blanche to claim that they acted as mediators between, firstly, the physiological function and morphological structure of the body. Secondly, in accordance with Haller, their assumed primordial nature as 'building blocks' of the body allowed Herder to introduce his conception of tears as a tertium comparationis of the Elementa physiologiae.

Keywords:bodily physiology; elementa physiologiae; Haller; Johann Gottfried Von Herder; morphological structure; pathographic; personal suffering; tears; tertium comparationis



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