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Where Does Your Mind Reside?: Crash Course Philosophy #22
Is Man a Machine?
La Mettrie admired this idea of Descartes, but disagreed with its formula being that only animals were without souls, he thought Descartes mistaken as he says:. After such an important discovery, which implies so much wisdom, how can we, without ingratitude, pardon all his errors. Then finally, Machine Man was published at the end , but dated at with two further edition in the same year. This was a work of philosophy that unleashed widespread controversy at the time. The controversy came from the main premise of the work being the reformulating of the Cartesian animal-machine idea to man himself.
Discussing robot consciousness in my last piece doesnotexist, in comments kindly points to a eulogy written by Frederick the Great on the French doctor and philosopher La Mettrie, whose little book " L'Homme Machine " is one of the earliest statements of full-blown materialism from the Enlightenment. Following his links gave me a really fascinating morning. Much of the rhetoric of " L'Homme Machine " could be cut and pasted into flame wars today:. Both are to be found throughout the records of the physicians who were philosophers, and not in the works of the philosophers who were not physicians. What could the others, especially the theologians, have to say? Is it not ridiculous to hear them shamelessly coming to conclusions about a subject concerning which they have had no means of knowing anything? This sounds the authentic note of the angry nerd down to this day.