It wasn't at all obvious at the time that the sun is a material body at all.
Likewise, his theology, unlike Epicurus’s, did not conceive of God as a material body.
An individual organic life requires a “soul” which must be there from the outset and that resides within the material body.
Here he makes it clear that he rejects only the idea that the heavenly bodies, or any other material body, act upon one’s intellectual soul.
The commentator’s task is to penetrate the allegory, to perceive within the material body of Scripture its soul and spirit, to discover its existential reference for the individual Christian.
Descartes believed in only two kinds of substance: material body, which is defined by extension, and mental substance, which is defined by thought, which, in this context, is more or less equivalent to consciousness.
In the Clarke Collins correspondence of 1707–08 Collins claims that Clarke’s argument for dualism is useless to religion and morality because of the problem of explaining how the immaterial mind and the material body interact.
However, all matter of any type shares the fundamental property of inertia, which—as formulated within Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion—prevents a material body from responding instantaneously to attempts to change its state of rest or motion.
(1) The “mechanical philosophers” of the early seventeenth century held that any material body maintains a constant velocity unless acted on, and moreover held that all action is due to impact between one material particle and another.
It can be argued, however, that allowing this kind of entity undermines Wiggins’s opposition to those, like Ayers, who think that the concept for reidentifying objects is, or often is, something more generic than sortal concepts; something akin to material body.
If substantial forms are purely material beings, they cannot be substances in themselves because the form of a material body cannot be another separate material body, given that forms operate in virtue of their intimate union with the matter of the substance of which they are the form.
As a defender of the mechanical philosophy, Leibniz insists here, as he had before, that a material body like the Earth would recede along the tangent to its orbit if it were not the case that it was impacted upon by some physical body or bodies, such as a vortex or another kind of fluid filling the solar system.
Definition of Free Motion: A possible or actual material body is in a state of free motion during any part of its history just in case its motion is exclusively governed by the geodesic directing field (projective structure), that is, just in case the corresponding segment of its world path is a solution path of the differential equation determined by the unique projective structure of spacetime.
A sphincter at the edge of the anus prevents fecal material from leaving the body involuntarily.
Averroes finds a way-out of the conflict: the celestial body is not composed of matter and form, it is simple, and no material form exists in it (LC 427BC; MC Wolfson 594) while form in material substances subsists because it is part of the composite.
Another argument that Cavendish puts forward for the view that thinking is material is from mind-body interaction.
First, because construction and maintenance can be expensive to the body, minimizing total material is a potential driving factor for the structure of the vascular system.
When we think and talk about the body, we are suddenly very aware of that pattern of thinking which frames concepts in opposition, divides the world up between dark and light, material and immaterial, technology and humanity, invisible and visible, mind and body, body and soul.
From the biomechanical point of view, the patient’s body is often perceived as a material object that can be reduced to a system of physical parts.
It could be acceptable to be involved with an international body that represents many governments, if the objectives of the body do not deal with current events and issues, including material dealing with political or industrial controversy or with current public policy.
- alternative names for the body of a human being
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