4391 Descartes

4391 Descartes - 4391 Notes on Descartes A Preface 1 Newton...

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4391 Notes on Descartes A. Preface 1. Newton had already mathematically described the ‘mechanical universe’. 2. Galileo had proposed a heliocentric solar system. 3. Both ideas had the Church reeling from the onslaught of science questioning fixed religious beliefs. B. Descartes wrote two major works: Descartes was fascinated with hydraulic systems that could produce motion in inanimate statues. The Dilemma for Mechanism (Monism) – antagonistic to Christian Orthodox Beliefs 2. L’Homme – distinguished between the senses and cognition; between the world of material objects and the world of thinking – a dualism between the body and the mind. C. Descartes Assumptions: 1. Dualism – Mind (Immaterial Soul) is Separate from Body (Material World). Mind is made in the image of God 2. Humans can derive the ‘Truth’ of God only through the development and use of Rational
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PSY 4391 taught by Professor Ginsburg during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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