Single Idea 16764

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 2. Values / e. Death]

Full Idea

Every accident of a living thing, as well as all its organs and temperaments and its dispositions are conserved by the soul. We see this from experience, since when that soul recedes, all these dissolve and become corrupted.

Gist of Idea

The soul conserves the body, as we see by its dissolution when the soul leaves


Franciscus Toletus (Commentary on 'De Anima' [1572], II.1.1), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 24.5

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.572

A Reaction

A nice example of observing a phenemonon, but not being able to observe the dependence relation the right way round. Compare Descartes in Idea 16763.

Related Idea

Idea 16763 We don't die because the soul departs; the soul departs because the organs cease functioning [Descartes]