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Outline for Essay One - II. Socrates Argument a. The user...

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Steven Seage PHI 2010 Professor Dobson Outline for Essay One In light of the recent news that I have received, concerning your illness, I would like to shed some light on what you might be thinking about. I have some great information that you may find useful. Based on the arguments presented by Socrates and Descartes, I have come to the realization that the mind and body are separate entities. Furthermore, I believe that who you are resides in the non-physical part, your mind. You will find these arguments interesting because if who you are resides in your mind, then once your body is gone you will still continue to exist! By explaining the arguments of Socrates and Descartes, I can show you that your disease will not cause you to cease to be. Paul Churchland attempts to prove a point against dualism, but the argument for dualism is much stronger. I. Intro a. Thesis - By explaining the arguments of Socrates and Descartes, I can show you that your disease will not cause you to cease to be.
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Unformatted text preview: II. Socrates Argument a. The user cannot be the same thing that is being used b. Shoemaker example c. The soul is man III. Descartes Argument a. Meditations b. When you take away the body can you still think? c. I think therefore I am IV. Paul Churchland a. Neural Dependence i. Everything relies on the brain ii. If the brain dies so does the person. (In other words no soul) V. Using Socrates to refute Churchland a. According to Churchland the brain is the user and the thing being used b. This is impossible because it defies logic VI. Using Descartes to refute Churchland a. Many things rely on electrotransmissions i. Computers ii. This does not mean that all things with electric transmissions can think. VII. Conclusion a. Socrates argument restated b. Descartes argument restated c. Explanation to little brother that through what I have proved that he will still exist after his body dies....
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