In Reflections on the Soul of a Beast, Leibniz writes:
“we also may easily conclude that in any mill or clock considered
by itself no perceiving principle is found that is produced in the
thing itself; and it makes no difference whether solids, fluids or
mixtures of the two are considered in the machine”
(Leibniz, Rutherford, Philosophy.ucsd).
Leibniz uses the example of the mill to illustrate the fact that there is a difference between the mechanics, and the mental state of the mind. For instance, an analysis of the mind would show that there is nothing that connects the material substance of the brain, to the perceptions it produ...
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...e. Which is why we do not analyse the mechanical parts of our Smartphones, or other machines, because we are aware that they are going to perform whatever task we choose to command of the technology. Our minds do not work in the same way as machines; we have multiple functions that we sometimes are not aware we can do, which is completely unlike a machine that can only function the way it is programmed. This is why Leibniz’s theory cannot be true.
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Locke, John. "IV.iii.6." An Essay concerning Human Understanding. Print.
Von Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, and Donald Rutherford. "Reflections on the Souls of Beasts." Philosophy.ucsd. N.p., 21 Nov. 2001. Web. https://portal.utoronto.ca/bbcswebdav/pid-3766584-dt-content-rid-20413057_2/courses/Fall-2013-PHL210Y5-Y-LEC0101/Leibniz-Beasts
Von Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. Monadology 17. Print.
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