Melissa And Melinda's Argument Analysis

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Two sisters, Melissa and Melinda, are left with the decision to take their brother Matthew off life support. Matthew had been an accident that left him in a coma. Matthew suffered from a serious head injury: he will not wake up from this comatose state. When the EMTs found him, he had a living well that has left his sisters in charge of what happens next. The will states that the sisters have to completely agree on the decision before anything is done. Melissa and Melinda, though, have two opposing point of views. Melissa feels that there is no hope for the revival of her brother, because the doctors have proven his brain is no longer functional. Melinda, on the other hand, thinks that Matthew’s soul is still living and once the plug is pulled …show more content…
Since Melissa thinks that a person’s soul is no longer in existence after death, she suggests that they should take Matthew off life support. She has be provided with sufficient evidence to draw this conclusion and that is all she needs. She was hesitate when Melinda presented her thoughts about the soul, but she can still argue back. Melissa can further her argument by telling Melinda some of the theories associated with Aristotle’s views on the soul and body. Melinda, after hearing Melissa argument, will find that her sisters points are valid but do not possess enough truth. It kind of relates to Aristotle being Plato’s student. In some ways you can see that Aristotle resembles to Plato but very much differs. If Melinda was a student of Aristotle, she can still apply her own thoughts no matter what she was …show more content…
Descartes would not have pulled the plug. Descartes believes that the mind and body are interchangeable. The mind and soul are very comparable in Descartes theories. In Descartes first two mediation he goes on to prove that the mind exists. In the first Mediation “of the Things of Which We May Doubt” Descartes reflects on doubts, that his senses deceive him constantly, he cannot rely on them. He also goes on to say that he does not know when to or how to distinguish a dream to be real or fake; some dreams may feel real but in reality did not happen. Then last he has this “Evil Genius” that is the creator of our minds and thoughts. The evil genius can create doubts and dreams, therefore, how are we going to know if he exist? Leading to Descartes cogitatio “I think, therefore I am” he makes his points that the mind exists. Descartes takes this example if wax and in theory that is what it is, he cannot truly know that the wax exists, like the body may not exist. “So that it must, in fine, be maintained, all things being maturely and carefully considered, that this proposition (pronunciatum ) I am, I exist, is necessarily true each time it is expressed by me, or conceived in my mind.” (Descartes Mediation II). Descartes believes that since he is thinking that his mind must exist for the most part but does not yet make it clear that the body exist. Not until going through Mediations III-V does he prove that God

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