Archimedes

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

Editors: Manning, Gideon (Ed.)

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  • Innovatively connects medicine and science in the seventeenth century
  • Demonstrates how mind-body interaction was put into practice
  • Offers a fresh perspective on the culture of self-experimentation in early modern England
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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.

About the authors

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.  

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“It will be of interest to historians of the body, experimentation, England empiricism, drug analysis, and neuroscience. … This is a high-profile and ambitious collection of essays that meets the expectations its objectives generate.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, July 31, 2020)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Testimonies: States of Mind and States of the Body in the Early Modern Period
Editors
  • Gideon Manning
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
57
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39375-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39375-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39374-8
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 197
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