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Man as a Gene-Machine: Scope and History of a Metaphor
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in the West of Östergötland, Department of Psychiatry and Habilitation.
2009 (German)In: Zeitschrift für Semiotik, ISSN 0170-6241, Vol. 31, no 3-4, 397-410 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This contribution analyzes four versions of the traditional analogy between a human being and a machine: medieval Christian ideas of creation, Descartes, La Mettrie, as well as mechanistic and deterministic ideas used in human genetics. The analysis takes into account the intended depth of the analogy (comparison, metaphor, model, theory, or ontology) as well as the varying concepts of a „machine”.

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Stauffenburg Verlag, 2009. Vol. 31, no 3-4, 397-410 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72968ISI: 000208084700008OAI: diva2:464271

Tysk titel: Der Mensch als Gen-Maschine: Reichweite und Geschichte einer Metapher

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