chapter  VII
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‘Analogia Morbi’

People have been considering certain symptoms that have manifested themselves in the most varied departments of art: the relations of these symptoms with one another will not always be immediately clear, but there is no reason why people should not—more or less at random—lump them all together. In science the process of fission is continued, the different departments of knowledge becoming sharply separated from each other and ceasing to have any common point of reference, while production is similarly broken down into a series of operations, each completely distinct from the next, so that the significance of each in relation to the whole is lost. Extreme individualism and extreme collectivisim contrive in equal measure to put both personality and community into dissolution. Entire buildings are now detached from the ground on which they stand and transferred to museums. In the field of theory it takes the form of identifying man wholly with his animal nature.