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Re: [xmca] Consciousness: Ilyenkov

On Fri, 25 Sep 2009, Martin Packer wrote:

<We agree with Spinoza, who considered thinking to be a capability of certain kinds of material bodies. Bodies with this capacity can adjust their activities with respect to other material bodies. This is to say that one of the attributes of substance (matter) is thinking.>

I think it would help a lot to recognize the formal determinations of things (substances?) as well as their material determinations.

What is reproduced in the mirror is not the matter, but the form. Thought is the activity of sign-relations in*formed by physical and semiosic relations within and among the objects of thinking.
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