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Ashley Anderson Phil 101 Chris Hong Word Count: 474 December 13, 2007 The Hallmarks of Mental Phenomena A large majority of the philosophers in the eighteenth century focused on the Cartesian distinction between the physical realm and the mental realm. There were many differing views, with one of the more popular distinctions coming from Descartes, who proposed that whatever is spatial and extended is physical, and whatever is non-spatial and unextended is mental. However, German philosopher and psychologist Franz Brentano was not satisfied with this distinction. He notes that some physical phenomena can manifest themselves without extension, and vise-versa for mental phenomena. Brentano defines mental phenomena as any idea we acquire either through sense perception or imagination, as well as the thinking of a general concept. Hearing a sound, seeing a colored object, feeling warmth or coldness, every judgment, every recollection, every expectation, every emotion, every conviction are examples of what Brentano classifies as
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Hong during the Fall '08 term at Minnesota State University Moorhead .

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