The Mind And The Body Essay examples

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According to Oxford dictionary, the Mind is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think and to feel. It is the faculty of consciousness and thought. While the body is the physical structure (internal and external) of a person. When it says the mind helps a person to feel, the feeling it is talking about are the emotional feelings. As we know, the body also helps one to feel the environment and the physical pain. So how is the mind and the body different? We have to recognize that there are philosophers or people who believe the Mind and the Body are two different entities, while there are those who believe the activities that one sometimes attributes to the mind are all activities of the physical body. Philosophers who believe that the Mind and the Body are two separate entities are referred to as dualist. While those who believe that activities that are attributed to the mind, are just activities of the body are called materialist.
Dualist believe that the Mind and the body are two separate entities. According to Rene Descartes, who was a dualist, “we can think of the self without a body, so it is not a body; we cannot think of the self without thinking, which is not a material act. So, the self must be a thinking, immaterial mind with a material body” (p. 79). This view is held by many traditionalist. We hear this kind of argument from many religious doctrine who believe in the afterlife. Dualist believe that there…

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