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Testimonies: States of Mind and States of the Body in the Early Modern Period

Gideon Manning (Redaktør)

Serie: Archimedes 57

This book reconnects health and thought, as the two were treated together in the seventeenth century, and by reuniting them, it adds a significant dimension to our historical understanding. Indeed, there is hardly a single early modern figure who took a serious interest in one but not the other, with their attitudes toward body-mind interaction often revealed in acts of self-diagnosis and experimentation. Les mer
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This book reconnects health and thought, as the two were treated together in the seventeenth century, and by reuniting them, it adds a significant dimension to our historical understanding. Indeed, there is hardly a single early modern figure who took a serious interest in one but not the other, with their attitudes toward body-mind interaction often revealed in acts of self-diagnosis and experimentation. The essays collected here specifically reveal the way experiment and especially self-experiment, combined with careful attention to the states of mind which accompany states of body, provide a new means of assessing attitudes to body-mind interactions just as they show the abiding interest and relevance of source material typically ignored by historians of science and historians of philosophy. In the surviving records of such experimenting on one's own body, we can observe leading figures like Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke, deliberately setting out to repeat pleasurable, or intellectually productive moods and states of mind, by applying the same medicine on successive occasions. In this way we can witness theories of the working of the human mind being developed by key members of an urban culture (London; interregnum Oxford) who based those theories in part on their own regular, long-term use of self-administered, mind-altering substances. It is hardly an overstatement to claim that there was a significant drug culture in the early modern period linked to self-experimentation, new medicines, and the new science. This is one of the many things this volume has to teach us.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Chapter 1 Editor's Introduction



Gideon Manning



Chapter 2 Lisa Jardine: A Life in the Margins



Anthony GraftonChapter 3Dosing the Ailing Subject: Reconnecting Early Modern Health and Thought



Lisa Jardine



Chapter 4 Francis Bacon's Body and his Experiments on the Prolongation of Life



James Everest



Chapter 5 Material Thoughts: Robert Hooke's Theory of Memory



Felicity Henderson



Chapter 6 Making Sense of Pain: Valentine Greatrakes, Henry Stubbe and Anne Conway



Sarah Hutton



Chapter 7 Animal Bodies and Human Minds: The Anatomy of the Brain and the Analogy of Nature



Anita Guerrini



Chapter 8 Lockean Self-Diagnosis



Peter R. Anstey



Chapter 9 Joseph Glanvill on Imagination, Method and the Art of Thinking



Sorana Corneanu



Chapter 10 Treating Yourself: Self-Diagnosis Amongst Natural Philosophers and Physicians and the Early Medical Case Study



Anna Marie Roos

Om forfatteren

Gideon Manning is Research Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University, having previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh and served on the faculties of the College of William and Mary and the California Institute of Technology. His recent publications include "Health in the Early Modern Philosophical Tradition" (2018), and "Descartes and Medicine" (2019), and he is one of the editors of Professors, Physicians, and Practices in the History of Medicine: Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi (2017). At present, he is engaged in a number of projects trying to productively bring together the history of medicine, science and philosophy.