Cartesian Dualism and criticisms

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  • Created on: 27-05-13 14:09

Descartes' View on Body and Soul

Indubitability Argument

  • Descartes doubted everything, even the body, but not mind - 'I think therefore I am'
  • If the body can be doubted then it must be seperate from that which cannot be doubted
  • The Soul/Mind and Body are therefore seperate things

Inextendable Argument

  • Everything that extends in space is divisible - E.g. the body is divisible into parts - arms, hands, fingers etc.
  • Mind is not divisible

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