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Représentation ésotérique et pensée scientifique. Le cas de la vibration par sympathie chez les savants et théoriciens de la première moitié du 17e siècle

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The first half of the 17th century is characterized by a radical change in the epistemologic conceptions. If numerous examples could be quoted, that of the vibration by sympathy is one of the most illustrative of this change in thought. Indeed, if the authors of the end of the 16th century and even the beginning of the 17th see in this phenomenon an inexplicable mystery, symbol of an other thing , some of the scholars and theorists evolve from an analogical vision about this problem to a scientific conception, based on observations and experimentations, which will allow them to place, through this acoustic phenomenon, the discourse about music in the field of physical science. It is the case of Descartes, Mersenne, Peiresc, Gassendi, who all approaches this problem under various angles, to make progress its understanding towards an experimental and scientific universe.

Keywords: esotericism; music



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