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Jared Restivo March 7, 2008 Journal #4 Cartesian Dualism is a system of thought composed by Descartes, and it brings about the question regarding the relationship between the mind and the body. According to Descartes, the mind is an abstract being and has no attachment to the body, making the body a separate entity altogether. This idea was based on Descartes trying to find something in the universe that he can be completely certain about. After days of thinking, he realized that his only certainty was the idea of “I,” being the understanding of one’s self, one’s mind. P.F. Strawson, an English philosopher, did not agree with the idea of Cartesian Dualism. He saw major holes in the idea of thought, and wanted to dispute them. In his essay, he claimed that no one can be sure of the mind. His explanation was the idea of the identity and numerability argument . He explained that Descartes claimed that he could not be certain of most anything, like say apples. For Descartes to be uncertain of apples,
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