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The mind and body has been a major topic debated by philosophers over the past centuries Philosophers have fervently tried to uncover the truth behind the distinction between the mind and the body But even with the extensive amount of arguing and thinking put into this problem it is still seemingly debatable We as humans have a difficult time comprehending such an abstract idea as the mind therefore making it even more difficult to put this view in perspective Two philosophers who argue over this topic are Rene Descartes and Benedictus de Spinoza Descartes was one of the few early thinkers to dissect and assess the mindbody problem with his argument for dualism In contrast to Descartes was Benedictus de Spinoza who provides a counter-example to Descartes dualism namely what is known as the double aspect theory By analyzing the views of both philosophers we can see which argument seems more plausible Descartes first proposes his argument for dualism in his work Meditations published in 1641 Spinoza with an opposing view replies with his double aspect theory which questions dualism Descartes starts out his argument for dualism with his method of doubt where he must raze everything in his life down to the very bottom so as to being again from the first foundations 232 Basically he must question everything in existence including himself and everything around him to find out whether or not there is substantial evidence to claim that anything really exists From this he tries to figure out what is certain and indubitable 235 or what is essential for his existence This is where dualism comes into play There are basically two categories in which Descartes separates the certain from the uncertain and the indubitable from the dubitable The first are material attributes or extensions such as these general things eyes head hands the whole body 233 which Descartes goes on to explain are true and exist 233 Second is the
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