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Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary

Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary

Chapter:
(p.1) One Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary
Source:
Androids in the Enlightenment
Author(s):
Adelheid Voskuhl
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to discuss two android automata that were made in the Enlightenment, both of which represent women playing a keyboard-type instrument. One is a harpsichord player built by Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, father and son, who were clock-makers from Switzerland. The other automaton is a dulcimer player made by the cabinetmaker David Roentgen in collaboration with the clock-maker Peter Kinzing. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented, followed by discussions of android automata in early modern philosophy; automaton-making before and during the eighteenth century; and the automata of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   android automata, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, clock-makers, dulcimer player, David Roentgen, Peter Kinzing, harpsichord player, automaton-making, eighteenth century, Enlightenment

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