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    The subject of philosophy is a study that can be viewed in many different ways. Some ways vary in extremes from one another, but they all wish to pursue the same thing; the understanding of knowledge and human excellence. One of the most popular arguments is the comparison of mind and body. Through this paper I will go in depth on the individuals theories and discoveries, then compare them using the ideas from Plato’s Phaedo and Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. Both philosophers share the same ideas on dualism, and believe the body to be inferior to the mind and/or soul. During the Golden Age of Pericles ' Athens, Plato, an intellectual individual, set out to understand the relations that occurred between the body and the soul. With immense studying of his former teacher, Socrates, Plato came to his realization that the body and the soul were in fact separate from one another. Not only are the two separate, but he discovered that the soul itself is immaterial and immortal and wishes nothing more then to (insert freeing the body quote). Plato’s understanding of the body would not have been possible without Socrates’ theories of opposites, recollection, and scattering of objects. Firstly, Socrates…

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    The human mind has proliferated much polemic discussions questioning the origin of mankind’s knowledge. Rationalism proponents, who claim that the mind developed based on reason, rebutted the theory that the mind developed based on experiences. Other proponents, the advocators of empiricism, believed that human knowledge derived from sensory experiences. In addition, empiricist philosophers adamantly supported the tabula rasa, preaching how humans were born with a clear mind where experiences…

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    Within this essay I aim to compare the different discussions of language found in Hobbes (Leviathan, Chapter IV: Of Speech), Locke (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Bk.III: Chapter I: Of Words of Language in General) and Berkeley (A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Introduction §19 ff). To do this, I will be providing an account of each of the scholar’s views and from this distinguishing the similarities and differences of these views. The philosophy of language…

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    a heliocentric theory that the sun was the center of the solar system, not the Earth. This theory differed from Aristotle’s view of the Earth being the fixed point. Some other philosophers that started the beginning of the Enlightenment were Voltaire and Diderot. Voltaire wrote the book Candide, which is a satirical book that rejects the ideas of the Roman Catholic Church. Along with Voltaire, Diderot was also a very influential person during the Enlightenment. He is known for writing the…

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    In his fifth meditation, Rene Descartes gives an argument that he believes proves the existence of god from a purely intellectual, non-empirical framework. His ontological argument attempts to prove the mere concept of god is evidence for his existence. Although Descartes portrays the meditations as starting with no preconceived notions, his own biased definition of necessary qualities is the cause of fault within this work. Upon examining the disjoint comparison made between the mathematical…

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    Dolegui Wilfried Nanfack PHIL 2101-(ET6) For this paper, I’ll be talking about Descartes’s argument for dualism in the “sixth Meditation” and “multiple personalities”. Descartes, both as a philosopher and scientist, is at two levels of understanding of the real. It’s back to nature in a mechanistic framework to which the body is subjected, and at the same time, it supports a dualism of soul and body in which the soul escapes the body determinations. In his sixth…

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    Throughout his “Meditations” Descartes will demonstrate that he is breaking away from the traditional way of thinking and metaphysics. And, throughout the text Descarte will lay out a foundation to a different way of thinking. One in which one does not solely rely on the senses to know things, but instead rely on an inspection of the mind. But, this conflicts with other philosophers of Descartes time, and it conflicts with what is being taught within the schools, Around Descartes time, many of…

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    The relatively recent development of effective diagnostic methods in Western biomedicine correlates with the concept of Cartesian dualism as well as the socialized shift towards the communication of the body figuratively as a synecdoche . The power of the mind in comparison to the body has led to a substantial change in the methods used for treatment; instead of relying solely of medicalization , clinicians have placed a significant amount of emphasis on the acceptance of the patient’s own…

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    As no one specific belief is correct several philosophers have comparable views of epistemology. The difference between rationalism and empiricism is not as clear-cut as proposed. Rationalist were committed to empirical sciences and may have been close to Descartes methods. The question “How do we know?” has been transformed by empiricist and have changed the experimental method for today’s society. Descartes contributions are huge and very important to science and philosophy. In his book, Rules…

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    The Saint Mary’s seminar classes are so unlike traditional teacher-centered learning. The Western Tradition II focuses on three learning goals; shared inquiry, critical thinking, and written and oral communication. These three learning goals really help students explore the Western Tradition by examine the themes written by the authors we discussed. De Las Casas, Rene Descartes, and Voltaire really influenced the way I thought about how our culture started and the major flaws we stay face today…

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