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Order (system)
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1. Etymology and definition

The Greek words for order (kósmos, táxis, and thésis: cosmos, order, and arrangement) correspond to the Latin term ordo, which was borrowed by most European languages. In early modern natural philosophyordo was complemented by the term scala (“stepladder”), a hierarchical order (Scala naturae). The Greek word cháos (“gaping void”) denoting the still disordered primal sta…

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Sieglerschmidt, Jörn, “Order (system)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025051>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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