Single Idea 6683

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 2. Interactionism]

Full Idea

The manner of contact of spirit with body, which produces a living being, is utterly amazing and beyond our powers of comprehension

Gist of Idea

The contact of spirit and body is utterly amazing, and incomprehensible


Augustine (City of God [c.427], XXI.10)

Book Reference

Augustine: 'City of God', ed/tr. O'Meara,John [Penguin 1984], p.986

A Reaction

This leads to a rather clear objection against a theory which needs a miracle to explain a common natural phenomenon. At least Augustine was beginning to recognise that interaction is a bit of a problem.