The Mind And The Body Essay

737 Words Oct 30th, 2015 3 Pages
“on the one hand I have a clear and distinct idea of myself, insofar as I am merely a thinking thing and not an extended thing, and because on the other hand I have a distinct idea of the body, insofar as it is merely an extended thing and not a thinking thin, it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and can exist without it”( Descartes 59 ).
The mind and the body are separate from one another, although they barely interact. In Descartes Meditation Six, the mind is seen as independent from the body, although it frequently interacts with it. The mind is unique and acts separately from the body, joined together through the soul. Despite how they may appear, the two areas interact separately from each other. Descartes states this when he discusses the interaction between the mind and the body. He claims that that, when understood, the distinction between the mind and the body becomes apparent. The mind is considered to be a thinking thing, while the body is a mode of extension. I can tell the difference between the two because of their processes. This claim is made because the purpose of the mind is to think, to wonder, to imagine, to seek out and understand the sense data, as it is a thinking thing. The body on the other hand, is an extended thing, so its purpose is to connect and receive the sense data that it comes into contact with. To explain, when it comes to interacting with the world, the body interacts with the matieral world and receives the…

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