Descartes Ambiguity Of The Mind

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Surely rather scrupulously Descartes articulates that the mind is ontologically separable from the body, insofar that the mind possesses qualities; which stand incongruous to the body. The nature of these qualities will be expounded more punctiliously throughout the discourse of this essay, to illuminate Descartes argument for this claim. But let us first consider the conundrum that has arisen promulgated from his thesis of distinction. The uncanny question ‘how can an immaterial substance interact with a material substance, if they are so radically distinct?’ has proved a popular enquiry throughout the history of philosophy and even still succumbs the face of philosophers. For surely it is conceivable that the mobility of a causal affinity…show more content…
For this phantasmagorical problem could be solved in two-fold a sense, through the application of the incumbent dogma ‘trialism’ (Cottingham, 1998) coined by Cottingham or conversely appealing to Spinoza’s account. The dogma of ‘trialism’ appends that there is third realm involved, so perhaps for all the blandishment encompassing the two selves, this could all be rather vague. Moreover, perhaps an auspicious place to disambiguate this obliqueness is if we turn our attention to Spinoza’s thesis. Spinoza dismisses the ‘air of paradox’ found in Descartes paradigm, condemning it as nihilistic and confers that the mind and body are one and the same substance; but nevertheless to be looked at in two dimensions-thought and extension. Viz, thought is the realm of consciousness of the body and body is the manifestation of thought, they are mirror images, acting simultaneously. Perhaps in this sense Descartes paradigm can be repudiated as being an erroneous and myopic account of the nature of the mind and body and thus does not suffice as strong enough claim to bear the hallmark. May this essay bring delight and affection to the present reader encompassing them throughout this rich-tapestry
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