To prove his premise

To prove his premise - Phil 2300 MWF 10:00a.m Two of the...

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MWF 10:00a.m Two of the greatest and also the most debatable questions through out the history of philosophy are: Can a mind exist without its body? Is there really such thing as a soul? Since the beginning of time people have pondered over these questions in hopes of coming to a conclusion. One of the earliest people to embrace this phenomenon often referred to as Dualism was Rene Descartes, who argued through his some of his most famous works that the mind does and can indeed exist with out the body. David Hume later argued against dualism claiming that the mind was just as physical as the body and neither could exist with out the other. Though Hume makes a solid point though out his debate of the subject, there are lurking variables that give validity to Descartes initial claim. Rene Descartes, dubbed to be “Father of Modern Philosophy”, was one of the most influential Western Philosophers of the previous few centuries. He was the first to clearly identify the mind with consciousness and self-awareness and to distinguish it from the brain. He suggested that the body works like a machine, that it has the material properties of extension and motion, and that it follows the laws of physics. The mind, or soul, on the other hand, was described as a nonmaterial entity that lacks extension and motion, and does not follow the laws of physics. To prove his premise he evaluates a piece of “wax”, which now days would
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course PHIL 2300 taught by Professor Scala during the Spring '08 term at Texas Tech.

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