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Single Idea 4846

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

Full Idea

An idea which excludes the existence of our body cannot be postulated in our mind, but is contrary thereto.

Gist of Idea

We are incapable of formulating an idea which excludes the existence of our body

Source

Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], III Pr 10)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R.H.M. [Dover 1955], p.138


A Reaction

A fascinating claim. At the heart of Descartes is an unspoken thought experiment exploring the possibility of a disembodied mind. This is a beautiful challenge to the very concept of such a thing, and points to a grealty superior theory of mind.