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Omnis Fibra Ex Fibra: Fibre Œconomies in Bonnet's and Diderot's Models of Organic Order (2010)


Cheung, Tobias (Author)

Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Volume: 15
Pages: 66--104

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Part of a special issue.
Language: English

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 time the first unifying principle of function-structure-complexes of organic bodies. It occupies the role that the cell takes up in the cell œconomies of the second third of the nineteenth century. In this paper, I will first discuss 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 œconomies. In Bonnet's and Diderot's fibre œconomies, 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.

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Authors & Contributors
Wolfe, Charles T.
Rey, Roselyne
Cheung, Tobias
Donohue, Christopher R.
Gibson, Abraham Hill
Vartanian, Aram
Journal of the History of Biology
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal of the History of Ideas
Springer Nature
College Publications
Classification of knowledge
Bonnet, Charles
Diderot, Denis
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
Haller, Albrecht von
Wheeler, William Morton
Time Periods
18th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Cambridge (England)
Great Britain

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