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InanimationTheories of Inorganic Life$
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David Wills

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698820

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698820.001.0001

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Meditations for the Birds

Meditations for the Birds


(p.257) 9 Meditations for the Birds

David Wills

University of Minnesota Press

My final chapter returns to Descartes and to his obsession with automated animal life, and meditates on the status of a bird song, its repetitions and variations, its territoriality, seduction or creativity, whether heard in its natural environment or as a recorded chip in a baby’s toy bird.

Keywords:   Descartes, automata, bird song

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