Descartes And Descartes 's Understanding Of Relationship Between Mind And Body

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Question 1.
Choosing between Descartes and Leibniz’s understanding of the relationship between mind and body, I would say that Leibniz offers a more satisfying theory of the mind and body interaction than Descartes. Let me explain why by understand Leibniz’s and Descartes view on mind and body.
Descartes came up with a concept called Dualism of the mind and body, where he believed that there are two distinct substances; 1) matter of which the essential property fits together extended in space (like body, chairs, and rocks). 2) the mind or immaterial, of which the essential property is that it ‘thinks’ (like thoughts and ideas) which take no physical space – these are things that our mind is made up of. The nature of the mind a thinking non-extended thing is completely different from that of the body which is an extended non-thinking thing. Therefore it is possible for one thing to exist without the other. Descartes believed that the pineal gland in the brain was the center of the interaction between the mind and the body because he believed this was the only part of the brain that was not duplicated. For Descartes the brain and mind was not the same thing but in-fact the brain was a part of the body and it is physical and changeable. Meaning the body can be changed, like changing your hair color or cutting your hair, or even losing a limb. Unlike the mind that is whole and indivisible. Like many philosophers, Descartes method was to doubt everything in order to find truth…

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