Essay on The Mind And The Body

1377 Words Jun 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Though humans have been perceived and acknowledge matter through senses including taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing, but activity of the brain is not considered to be a sense. Descartes believed that there are solely two substances to ever exist, mind and matter. Descartes supposed that the body is nothing but a statue or a machine where the way the body functions can be accounted for mechanically except for the activities of the mind where none can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. Along with sensation, Descartes believes that the mind also influences the body through emotions and feelings. This theory is called “Dualism”, introduced by Descartes, proposing the theory explaining the unification of, two different substances, the mind and the body that can exist without one of the other but having a conjoint function Rene Descartes, who was born in 1596 in a small town in central France. At a young age he was sent to boarding school by his father who was highly concerned about his son’s education. Descartes studied rhetoric and logic and the “mathematical arts” which helped preparing him for his philosophical future. Spending four years studying law at the University of Poitiers, Descartes later joined the army and was introduced to Isaac Beeckman, a Dutch scientist and philosopher whom Descartes was highly influenced. Descartes was considered a mathematician based on majority of his works including the Cartesian geometry, his laws of refraction, and his…

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