Definition of res cogitans in English:

res cogitans

noun

Philosophy
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

res cogitans

/reɪz ˈkɒdʒɪtanz//rɛz ˈkɒdʒɪtanz//reɪz ˈkɒɡɪtanz/