By Thomas Rutten
Realizing how 'contagion' and 'infection' became strong metaphors calls for a ancient reconstruction of this semantic box within the past due nineteenth and early twentieth century, whilst those options received a systematic which means. the amount bargains an interdisciplinary method of the cultural historical past of contagionism among scientific bacteriology, the social sciences and literary diversifications. The symbolic implications of 'contagion' and high-profile contagious ailments are addressed, which mark the bounds among in poor health and fit, prevalent and alien, morally natural and impure.
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Hellpach 1906, 44) He consistently tests the meaningfulness of the commonplace of contagion then dominating the social sciences. For Hellpach would also like to explain how ideas, beliefs, and even delusions spread collectively. But instead of quick answers, he is always armed with questions: But how does this diffusion occur? ’ That’s the rub. Was does contagion mean here? It’s just a figurative expression! It is just a figurative expression. [Aber wie geschieht diese Ausbreitung? Durch ‚Ansteckung’.
Carus uses the seemingly modern ideas of group and mass – both in the singular and in the plural – in his arguments, but their meaning is descriptive rather than terminological. So, how do spiritual epidemics spread in groups and masses? How does spiritual contagion work? The simplicity of Carus’s ideas shows that ‘contagion’ is not used in the least as a precise heuristic tool but only as a metaphor, as a non-specific catchword. The suggestive power of the analogy took precedence over its epistemic value; metaphors bridged and concealed undeveloped theoretical terrain.
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Contagionism and Contagious Diseases by Thomas Rutten