<philsophical terminology> Descartes's Latin distinction of the two major ontological categories comprising reality: thinking things and extended things, or minds and bodies. Recommended Reading: RenČ Descartes, Meditationes De Prima Philosophia / Meditations on First Philosophy (Bilingual Edition), ed. by George Heffernan (Notre Dame, 1990).
[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]
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