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