Descartes vs Strawson Assignment

Descartes vs Strawson Assignment - Phil 100 Intro Descartes...

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Phil 100: Intro Descartes Vs. Strawson One man changed the world of philosophy by simply asking questions. Many years later, one man decided to take the questioning a step further. His works have led us in a new and mind blowing direction to understand ourselves and the world around us. This man is Rene Descartes, a true visionary, and a man who doubts his own existence and the world he lives in. He must’ve done something right because his views are used extensively to this day. His work can be viewed in the popular film, The Matrix , using the example of a dream world called the matrix to call doubt into ones existence. In this paper, I will examine the issues presented in Descartes’ philosophy of mind-body dualism, and I will try to determine whether mind and body are separate substances. I will begin by addressing the framework of Cartesian dualism. Then I will examine the problems of individuation and identity as they relate to Descartes. Hopefully, after explaining Descartes’ reasoning and subsequently offering my response, I can show with some degree of confidence that the issues of individuation and identity offer a challenge to the Cartesians’ premise of mind-body dualism. Before diving into a critical examination of these two issues, it would be wise to first discuss the basis of Descartes’ philosophy. Descartes begins his discussion of mind by first disregarding everything that he can call into doubt. After this mental cleansing,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Gangle during the Spring '08 term at Endicott.

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Descartes vs Strawson Assignment - Phil 100 Intro Descartes...

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