Descartes' description of the soul

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  • Descartes' description of the soul and Criticisms
    • The mind is a "non-corporeal," (non bodily) substance, which is distinct from a material or bodily substance.
    • The property of mind substance is consciousness.
    • The soul is separate from the body as it cannot be doubted whereas the body can.
      • "Cogito ergo sum," (I think therefore I am).
    • Without a soul, bodies were just robotic entities.
    • Criticisms
      • How can a non material substance (the soul) affect a material substance (the body)?
      • Mental processes go on in the brain are dependent on the brain's biological functioning. Therefore, when our bodies die, life after death is not possible.
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