The 17th century saw an enormous amount of energy dedicated to the question of whether matter can think. This paper follows certain strands of this debate in Descartes, Locke, Leibniz and Spinoza. These strands of the debate are still relevant today.
"Mind and Brain in the 17th Century,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 25
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol25/iss1/2