Ideas of La Mettrie, by Theme

[French, 1709 - 1751, A doctor. Died at St-Malo.]

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15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 2. Imagination
The imagination alone perceives all objects; it is the soul, playing all its roles
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 8. Dualism of Mind Critique
When falling asleep, the soul becomes paralysed and weak, just like the body
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 1. Physicalism
Man is a machine, and there exists only one substance, diversely modified
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 6. Rationality
All thought is feeling, and rationality is the sensitive soul contemplating reasoning
18. Thought / E. Artificial Intelligence / 1. Artificial Intelligence
With wonderful new machines being made, a speaking machine no longer seems impossible
26. Natural Theory / A. Heart of Nature / 2. Natural Purpose
The sun and rain weren't made for us; they sometimes burn us, or spoil our seeds
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 3. Evolution
There is no abrupt transition from man to animal; only language has opened a gap
29. Religion / E. Immortality / 2. Soul
There is no clear idea of the soul, which should only refer to our thinking part