Welcome to the Mapping the Eighteenth-Century Mind Class Wiki!

Here, you will find information about the eighteenth-century mind that students at Georgia Tech compiled as part of a Spring 2010 course. Our goal in building this wiki was to collect as much reliable information as we could about eighteenth-century philosophies of mind, representations of the mind, and scientific and medical practices related to the brain. Here, you'll be able to find information about:

  • contemporary scientific discoveries about the mind
  • important philosophical writings about the mind in the 1700s, including John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding and David Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • literary representations of the mind and cognitive processes, including Henry Mackenzie's The Man of Feeling
  • medical and scientific procedures and practices, including those at Bedlam and bloodletting, electrical experiments, and autopsies
  • the terms used in philosophical, medical, scientific, and cultural discourses about the mind in the eighteenth century
  • the people involved in understanding the mind in the eighteenth century, including philosophers, writers, hospital administrators, and patients
  • visual representations of the mind in the eighteenth century
  • theories of the mind and the body, including those related to vapours, nerves, and sensibility
  • relevant resources researchers can consult to find our more information about the eighteenth-century mind
  • key questions our study of the mind has generated

We hope you enjoy our wiki and find it both useful and illuminating.