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Single Idea 4833

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / a. Mind]

Full Idea

The human mind is the very idea or knowledge of the human body.

Gist of Idea

The human mind is the very idea or knowledge of the human body

Source

Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], II Pr 19)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R.H.M. [Dover 1955], p.101


A Reaction

This is close to Aristotle's claim that the 'psuché' is the 'form' of the body. Spinoza is appealingly modern in his view. The mapping of the body (our prioprioceptic sense) strikes me as central to the nature of the mind.