summer-Phil-20B-18

summer-Phil-20B-18 - Reading etc For Monday Descartes...

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Reading etc For Monday: “Correspondence”, p. 115-119 Paper due!
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Cartesian view of the relationship between mind and body Descartes is a substance dualist . The mind and body are completely separate substances. Although mind and body are separate substances, the mind and body interact. Thus, Descartes is an interactionist . Materialism is the view that the mind is ultimately physical in nature.
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The Divisibility Argument (1) My body is divisible into parts. (2) My mind is not divisible into parts. (3) If x and y do not share all the same properties, then x y . (Leibniz’s Law of Identity) (4) Thus, my mind is not identical to my body.
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Some assumptions - All extended things are (infinitely) divisible. - “…it is always one and the same mind that wills and understands and has sensory perceptions” Some objections - It is not clear that the same ‘I’ is doing everything. - If the mind
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