The Quantification of Bodies. Organism, Health And Representation: From Renaissance to Big Data

November 28, 2019 - November 29, 2019
Instituto de Estudos Filosóficos, Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra

Largo Porta Férrea

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As a discipline historically placed in the middle between natural sciences, technology, and art, medicine has always been sensitive to both theories and apparatuses able to provide it with a quantification and a reshaping of the living body, as well as a practi-cal possibility of operating on it.

This is why, in the era of the maximum growth of telecommunication, algorith-mic information technology, and data-driven decision making, new forms of medical practice, and new alliances between medicine and technology are arising. Not without a continuity, in the discontinuity, with a Modern approach, which has progressively “translated” the living organism and the concept of “health” within a quantitative model.

The Congress is aimed at exploring the historical as well as the contemporary connections between “organism” and quantification, dealing with the following phil-osophical issues, which proposed papers are invited to touch upon (one or more):


1. Historical Issues (From the Renaissance to the 20th Century).

2. Contemporary Issues.

3. Reproducing Living Body and Health, Aesthetics Issues.

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All those interested in participating are invited to contact us through the email: as well as to visit Coimbra!

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