Balint Kekedi

Affiliation: 

University of Aberdeen

Descartes's attentive automata: the case of wonder

When interpreting the mechanical workings of natural automata in Descartes’ writings, students of Descartes’ physiology almost exclusively focus on the self-motion of automata: how they react to stimuli, how they initiate motion, how they store up representations to guide their later actions, etc.