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One World, or Tinkering with Building Blocks

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0098
One World, or Tinkering with Building Blocks

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The understanding of polis democracy is drawn on K.D.F. Kitto and François Jacob. The idea of the living world as an “erector set” of “building blocks” is the central metaphor. The entire living world can thus be compared to a giant erector set. The same pieces can be taken apart and put together in different ways, so that different forms are possible but the foundation is always made of the same elements. This accumulation of erector set metaphors makes one sit up and take notice of the living organism as a set of building blocks. This is the evolution of body images from antiquity to the present. The body image of molecular biology is the body image of globalization. The body image of molecular biology is the body image of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The market economy requires a unified world, and it will get one.

Keywords: polis democracy; K.D.F. Kitto; François Jacob; building blocks; erector; body image

Chapter.  993 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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