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Walking as a problem of the nineteenth century

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As with so many other human activities that are both mechanical and meaningful (e.g. sleeping and dreaming, sexual acts, artistic creation, the execution of music or the manifestations of religion), the inhabitants of the nineteenth century turned walking into a problem waiting for a scientific solution. Neither entirely transparent and fully conscious, nor completely shrouded in mystery, the act of walking was supposed to have its secret. How such a mundane activity became a problem for a variety of scientific disciplines in Western countries will be the subject of my talk.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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