René Magritte

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  • Descartes Substance Dualism Essay

    Throughout history, philosophers have been setting up plenty of theories to determine if the mind and the body are one. Substance dualism is one of those theories. Specifically, Descartes is a dualist who brings up the indivisibility argument about the mind that has been trusted until science is well developed. Even though Descartes’ argument is well-accepted, it is not strongly supported by factual evidence, and it is easily defeated by a simple question, which is how the mind and the body…

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  • Analysis Of Rene Descartes 'Ontological Argument'

    The Ontological Exercise: The Cartesian and Kantian Positions In the book Philosophy of Religion, John Hicks summarizes the main point of Rene Descartes’s version of the ontological argument as: “The essence or defining nature of each kind of thing includes certain predicates, and Descartes’s ontological argument claims that existence must be among the defining predicates of God… [s]o existence is a necessary characteristic of a supremely perfect being” (Hick 18). The main premise of…

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  • Past Life Regression Therapy

    Past life regression is the process of going back in time to one's previous existence, while under hypnosis. Past life regression, also known as PLR fist became known in the case of Bridley Murphy in 1952. Virginia Tighe while under hypnosis reported a vision of a 19th century Irish woman named Bridley Murphy. Further investigations still have not determined if there ever was a 19th century Irish woman named Bridley Murphy. It is fact however, that Ms. Tighe as a child lived across the street…

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  • Phaedo And Descartes: The Comparison Of Mind And The Body

    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…

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  • John Locke Rationalism Analysis

    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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  • Thomas Hobbes Discussion Of Language

    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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  • 18th Century Intellectual Development

    The 15th through the 18th centuries was a time for major changes in the way the people viewed the world. It was the beginning of a movement that would forever change the way of life. I am going to discuss the major intellectual developments of Europe in the 15th through the 18th centuries. I will talk about whom some of the great thinkers were and what their new ideas were. I will also analyze how these new ideas changed the way the European people viewed their world and themselves. Starting in…

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  • Rene Descartes Fifth Meditation Analysis

    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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  • Descartes Sixth Meditation Analysis

    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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  • Compare And Contrast Aquinas And Descartes

    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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