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Single Idea 4308

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

Full Idea

The mind and the body are one and the same individual which is conceived now under the attribute of thought, now under the attribute of extension.

Gist of Idea

Mind and body are one thing, seen sometimes as thought and sometimes as extension


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675])

Book Reference

Cottingham,John: 'The Rationalists' [OUP 1988], p.132

A Reaction

I suppose we might now call this 'property dualism'. It is odd that when you examine one property, the other is nowhere to be seen.