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Charles Bonnet's Neurophilosophy

  • Harry Whitaker
  • Yves Turgeon
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Isaac Newton’s concept that auditory and visual images were transmitted by vibrations and that these vibrations were transduced to vibrations in nerves, built upon earlier ideas of vibrations in nerves by Pierre Gassendi and Thomas Willis, likely in contrast to Cartesian “hydraulic” models of mechanical pressure (Wallace, 2003). Newtonian “vibrations” strongly influenced David Hartley’s neuropsychology (Glassman & Buckingham, 2007; Smith, 1987); less often discussed is the movement or “vibration” model of Charles Bonnet, a rather more elaborated mid-eighteenth century model of the internal representation of ideas. Bonnet, a Swiss naturalist and philosopher, proposed in an original fashion that an understanding of animal and human behavior requires, first, knowledge of how the nervous system functions.

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Nerve Fiber Memory Loss Mental Image External Object Complex Idea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Whitaker
    • 1
  • Yves Turgeon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA
  2. 2.Chef – programme Vieillissement en santéRestigouche Health AuthorityCampbelltonCanada

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