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By Daniel Black

Drawing on philosophical, neurological and cultural solutions to the query of what constitutes a physique, this booklet explores the interplay among mechanistic ideals approximately human our bodies and the successive applied sciences that experience validated and illustrated those ideals. whilst, it attracts upon more moderen views on know-how and embodied human concept that allows you to spotlight the restrictions and inadequacies of such ideals and recommend replacement views. In so doing, it offers a place from which generally held assumptions approximately our courting with know-how may be understood and wondered, via either exhibiting how those presuppositions have emerged and constructed, and reading the level to which they're established upon our clutch of particular applied sciences. Illustrated with examples from the Renaissance and Enlightenment sessions, in addition to the economic age and the new eras of informatics, gene technology and nanotechnology, Embodiment and Mechanisation highlights the ways that technological alterations have ended in shifts within the definition of computer and physique, investigating their shared underlying trust that every one subject could be decreased to a standard substance. From clockwork and cadavers to engines and effort, this quantity unearths our long-standing fascination with and enduring dedication to the concept our bodies are machines and that machines are in a few experience our bodies. As such, it's going to attract students around the humanities and social sciences with pursuits within the sociology of technology and know-how, embodiment, cultural experiences and the background of rules.

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