Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2 nov. 2015 - 608 pagina's

A brilliant and comprehensive history of the creation of the modern Western mind.

Soul Machine takes us back to the origins of modernity, a time when a crisis in religious authority and the scientific revolution led to searching questions about the nature of human inner life. This is the story of how a new concept—the mind—emerged as a potential solution, one that was part soul and part machine, but fully neither.

In this groundbreaking work, award-winning historian George Makari shows how writers, philosophers, physicians, and anatomists worked to construct notions of the mind as not an ethereal thing, but a natural one. From the ascent of Oliver Cromwell to the fall of Napoleon, seminal thinkers like Hobbes, Locke, Diderot, and Kant worked alongside often-forgotten brain specialists, physiologists, and alienists in the hopes of mapping the inner world. Conducted in a cauldron of political turmoil, these frequently shocking, always embattled efforts would give rise to psychiatry, mind sciences such as phrenology, and radically new visions of the self. Further, they would be crucial to the establishment of secular ethics and political liberalism. Boldly original, wide-ranging, and brilliantly synthetic, Soul Machine gives us a masterful, new account of the making of the modern Western mind.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

PROLOGUE PART I THE LOST SOULS OF MODERNITY
A Soirée with Mr Spirit and Mr Flesh
Science and the Thing That Thinks
Witches Melancholics and Fanatics
A Crisis of Conscience
Myself in a Storm
The Sagacious Locke
Bedlam in Britannia
Dr Mesmers Invisible Fire
Journey to the End of Reason
Citizens and Alienists
Kant and the Age of SelfCriticism
Rhapsodies for Psyche
The Promise of Phrenology
The Mind Eclipsed
EPILOGUE

Sympathy Idea Nerve
The Cure of a Lunatic King
The French Sensationalists
Vitalism the Missing Link
Honest JeanJacques and the Morals of Sensibility
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
INDEX
Copyright

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George Makari's Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis was published in 2008 to international acclaim. Makari is the director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, professor of psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and adjunct professor at both Rockefeller University and Columbia University's Psychoanalytic Center. He lives in New York City.

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