The relation of soul and body has been a perennial problem in philosophy. But it is relatively seldom that Swedenborg’s philosophical premises in that regard have been taken up by professional philosophers. Yet in 1949, Theoria, a Swedish journal of Philosophy and Psychology, devoted fifteen pages to a discussion by Harald Morin of Swedenborg’s Intercourse of Soul and Body, published in 1769.
Lecture IV: The Presence of the Pure Intellect in the Mixed Intellect
In this paper we are concerned primarily with Swedenborg’s biological ideas and more especially with his notions of brain structure and function. We would argue that although historians in the other branches of science have in recent years attempted to give Swedenborg’s writings their just recognition, neurologists have lagged behind and have not generally acknowledged the brilliant contributions which this man made to their discipline. A glance at the index of any of a number of recent volumes dealing in part or whole with the history of brain studies will affirm this point. It should, of course, in fairness be admitted that the omission from these texts of anything even approaching the adequate treatment of Swedenborg’s neurological thought does not necessarily imply that those who have undertaken to write the history of the subject are unfamiliar with Swedenborg’s writings. There is another explanation to be considered.