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 +====== Staffan Müller-Wille ET Hans-Jörg Rheinberger,​ From Generation to Heredity. Medieval Continuities and Modern Conjunctions ======
 +It is a well established fact that no general concept of heredity underlay the discourse of the life sciences (including medicine, anthropology
 +and the moral sciences) in the Early Modern period and that such a con-
 +cept only slowly emerged in the first half of the 19th century. This emer-
 +gence of heredity, moreover, did not result from concerns with the con-
 +stancy of species form, but from concerns with the patterns of variety
 +that structure life at a sub-specific level. In this contribution,​ we want to
 +provide an overview of this long-term development that can accommo-
 +date, and account for, earlier occurrences of the discourse of heredity. In short, we will argue that the emergence of heredity was not due to a massive paradigm shift. Rather, it was associated with a ‘mobilization’ of Early
 +Modern life within various, highly specific, and largely independent cultural domains – breeding, natural history, medicine, and racial anthropol-
 +ogy – and their subsequent conjunction. This explanation does not pre-
 +clude pre-modern occurrences of certain elements of the discourse of
 +heredity, but it relates them to specific, identifiable historical conditions which prevailed at given times and which were the result of historical contingency.