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Single Idea 19596

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 8. Dualism of Mind Critique]

Full Idea

In the formation of thoughts all parts of the body seem to me to be working together.

Gist of Idea

The whole body is involved in the formation of thoughts


Novalis (Last Fragments [1800], 20)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.157

A Reaction

I can only think that Spinoza must be behind this thought, or La Mettrie. It seems a strikingly unusual intuition for its time, when almost everyone takes a spiritual sort of dualism for granted.