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Philosophical Theories Of Life
Discusses Descartes theories and those of T. Nagel.
# 24952 | 900 words | 3 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2003 in Philosophy (General)

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Discusses Descartes' theories and those of T. Nagel. Descartes' mind/body concept and his theory of dualism. The mind as an identity separate from the physical body. The Descartesian meaning of "the real you." Weakness of his theory regarding mind-body interrelationship. Nagel's three philosophical problems: doubt, special difficulties such as death, and attitudes toward nonexistence (posthumous and prenatal).

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"Descartes said Cogito, ergo sum. A better translation that that one usually provided tends to mean: I can reason, therefore I am a living person. But, what needs further exploration and explanation is- where does that reasoning, that thinking, that ideating process originate? Is there an organ of the boy that provides it? Is it the brain? Or, more likely is it something outside the ?normal;? bodily functions that supplies creativity. Thinking, after all, is creativity. There is, as Descartes explains it a difference between the mind and the brain. And, in essence, this explains his theory of dualism.

Dualism begins with the theory that the mind is a distinct non-physical thing, something that has an identity independent of any physical body to which it may be temporarily attached. ?The essential nature of ..."

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