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Nature EngagedMachines in the Garden

Nature Engaged: Machines in the Garden [Ideas are inseparable from things and vice versa. Intellectual history and the history of material culture, accordingly, are not discrete endeavors: they are conjoined. Here is a guiding principle of our volume and the focus of the current section, “Things.” This chapter demonstrates these propositions for what is arguably the hardest case, the idea most reputed to have detached modern philosophy from the objects of daily experience: Descartes’s philosophical revolution cleaving mental self from mechanical body. A particular kind of machine, proliferating across the landscape of late medieval and early modern Europe, closely informed this philosophical revolution. Moreover, to approach the revolutionary philosophy in terms of the devices that informed it is to arrive at a kind of instability, a fault-line running through its very core.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Nature EngagedMachines in the Garden

Editors: Biagioli, Mario; Riskin, Jessica
Nature Engaged — Nov 9, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
ISBN
978-1-349-28717-8
Pages
229 –248
DOI
10.1057/9780230338029_12
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Abstract

[Ideas are inseparable from things and vice versa. Intellectual history and the history of material culture, accordingly, are not discrete endeavors: they are conjoined. Here is a guiding principle of our volume and the focus of the current section, “Things.” This chapter demonstrates these propositions for what is arguably the hardest case, the idea most reputed to have detached modern philosophy from the objects of daily experience: Descartes’s philosophical revolution cleaving mental self from mechanical body. A particular kind of machine, proliferating across the landscape of late medieval and early modern Europe, closely informed this philosophical revolution. Moreover, to approach the revolutionary philosophy in terms of the devices that informed it is to arrive at a kind of instability, a fault-line running through its very core.]

Published: Nov 9, 2015

Keywords: Seventeenth Century; Sixteenth Century; Fifteenth Century; Mechanical Body; Mechanical Image

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