Subordination to a Democratic Eye
Students are used to being told that the separation of mind from body, and hence of psychology from physiology, was made decisive by Descartes, whose thinking allowed the body to be likened to a machine. While this is true, it also gives an impression too brief and too sudden to reflect the process by which the body would one day be placed outside of the reach of social psychological inquiry. In fact, the body continued to be of interest to scientists and philosophers alike in the two centuries that followed the work of Descartes. How it was of interest, and the progress of the investigations that it inspired, is the record of its transformation from significant figure to opaque background.
KeywordsSocial Psychology Eighteenth Century Sick Person Public Realm Social Psychological Inquiry
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