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Organs of the Soul:

Sonic Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, Author

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The Encyclopédie defines sound as "a perception of the soul, communicated to it with the help of the ears: or also it is the movement of vibrations in the air that is moved to the organ of hearing" (343).  Sound is not unique in this definition, as the Encyclopédie considers all senses as the body's ability to communicate exterior experience to the interior, the soul.  This places sound on the same level of materials seen, smelled, felt, or tasted.  

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