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Single Idea 21387

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 5. Unity of Mind]

Full Idea

No single element [of the soul] can be separated, nor can their capacities be divided spatially; they are like the multiple powers of a single body

Gist of Idea

The separate elements and capacities of a mind cannot be distinguished


Lucretius (On the Nature of the Universe [c.60 BCE], III.262), quoted by A.A. Long - Hellenistic Philosophy 2.7

Book Reference

Long,A.A.: 'Hellenistic Philosophy' [Duckworth 1986], p.51

A Reaction

It is interesting that this comes from someone with a strongly physicalist view of the mind (though not, if I recall, focusing on the brain). He is still totally impressed by the unified phenomenology of mental experience. He is an empiricist.