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Androids in the EnlightenmentMechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self$
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Adelheid Voskuhl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226034027

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.001.0001

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

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

(p.1) One Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary
Androids in the Enlightenment

Adelheid Voskuhl

University of Chicago Press

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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