Descartes' Philosophy Term Paper by The Research Group

Descartes' Philosophy
Examines ideas of dualism of mind & body, doubt & knowledge, the senses, consciousness & dreams, methodology, rationalism & the probable.
# 11353 | 3,375 words | 9 sources | 1996 | US
Published on May 18, 2003 in Philosophy (History - 19th Century)


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"Dualism has become so associated with Ren? Descartes that it is usually referred to as Cartesian dualism, as if this were the defining approach to the issue. Dualism is the theory that the mind and the body, that mind and matter, are two distinct things. Descartes considered the issue of the location of the mind and found that the mind was separate from the body. He says that he is a subject of conscious thought and experience and thus cannot be nothing more than spatially extended matter. The mind, or the essential nature of the human being, cannot be material but must be non-material. This non-corporeal entity may be intimately associated with the body, but it is not itself a material entity as is the body. Descartes offered several arguments for this belief, one of which was the conceivability argument which..."

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