Looking for Homo Musicus: A Musical Re-Reading of Descartes’ Physiology

12 Jan 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Stanford University

Event Type
Non-CSTMS Event

Halley Barnet
Ph.D. Candidate

Hosted by Stanford’s History, Science, and Technology Studies Workshop, this talk will explore the uses of musical instruments as models of bodily function as they appeared in the work of Descartes and other Cartesian physiologists. Barnet argues that early modern philosophers frequently turned to homo musicus, or the musical model of the human being, as an alternative understanding of life in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Lunch will be served.

Stanford location: Building 200, room 207

This event is sponsored by: Stanford University