One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Substance which has or is regarded as having the power of thought; specifically (in Cartesian metaphysics) the human mind viewed as a substance distinct from the material world.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Baxter (1615–1691), ejected minister and religious writer. From post-classical Latin res cogitans from classical Latin rēs thing + cōgitāns, present participle of cōgitāre.
res cogitans/reɪz ˈkɒdʒɪtanz//rɛz ˈkɒdʒɪtanz//reɪz ˈkɒɡɪtanz/
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