Federation of Parts. On Virchow's Notion of Individuality

Silvia Caianiello


An introductory essay to the Italian translation of R. Virchows Atoms and Individuals, the paper presents his notion of organic individuality as an outcome of his new cell theory. Virchows stress on the federal structure of the biological individual as composed of cell-territories supersedes the previous cellular atomism, and can be considered a turning point in the establishment of a modular approach to the organism.



 Key Words: Virchow Cell theory Individuality Organism Modularity

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