English Title

Analysis of the question whether the faculty of thinking can be attributed to matter or not

Authors

Leonhard Euler

Enestrom Number

90

Fuss Index

745

Original Language

Latin

Published as

Collection article

Published Date

1746

Written Date

1746

Content Summary

In this work, Euler purports to offer incontrovertible proof, based on principles from the field of mechanics, that material bodies cannot possess the capacity for thought. He reduces the question to a clear and logical syllogism, which leads to an attempted proof of the non-corporeality of the mind. This work is an early salvo in the philosophical dispute over the nature of the mind and its theological consequences.

Original Source Citation

Opuscula varii argumenti, Volume 1, pp. 277-286.

Opera Omnia Citation

Series 3, Volume 2, pp.367-372.

Record Created

2018-09-25

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