Single Idea 16763

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 2. Values / e. Death]

Full Idea

We ought to hold, on the contrary, that the soul takes its leave when we die only because this heat ceases and the organs that bring about bodily movement decay.

Gist of Idea

We don't die because the soul departs; the soul departs because the organs cease functioning


René Descartes (The Passions of the Soul [1649], I.5), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 24.5

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.572

A Reaction

This sounds like a pretty major change in our concept of death, given that we all now agree with Descartes.

Related Idea

Idea 16764 The soul conserves the body, as we see by its dissolution when the soul leaves [Toletus]