Descartes and the Cogito

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  • Descartes and the Cogito
    • Cogito ergo sum
      • the  doubter must exist in order to be able to think
      • I don't know what I am, but I know that I am a thinking thing
        • I do not depend upon any material object in order to exist.
          • NO body then needed.
      • deductive syllogism
      • res cogitans (mind) cannot be divided. Knowledge is settled in here
        • the mind is better than the body as it can see clearly and distinctly.
      • res extensa (the body) it can be divided.
    • pain gives us the perspective that the mind is in the body and they are connected to each other
      • this is due to the fact that our mind creates.
    • technically, the mind can survive without the body's existence.
    • This form of dualism or duality proposes that the mind controls the body, but that the body can also influence the otherwise rational mind, such as when people act out of passion.


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