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The question I chose to answer was number 3 Contrast Descartes thoughts of the mind against Hobbes thoughts The paper will consist of the strengths and weaknesses of Cartesian Dualism Cartesian Dualism claims the independent existence of a non-physical realm and a physical realm Descartes believed in a nonphysical soul inhabiting and using expression in a mechanically operated body He knew that the reality of the body needed no proof but the reality of the soul did He believed that there were two ways to think about things Conception and Imagination Descartes also believed that the body could be reduced but the soul could not Descartes uses the cogito argument I think therefore I am to prove the existence of the mind Several notions explain Hobbes thoughts about the mind and body Hobbes believes that imagination is nothing but a decaying sense He says that memory of different things is experience that the train of thoughts or mental discourse comes in two sorts First the unguided or without design thoughts and the other is regulated or designed thoughts He believes that there are two sorts of motion one called vital or involuntary motion and the other being voluntary motion Descartes says there are two ways of thinking of things for mind and body The first is the Conception theory this is when you define an object The next is Imagination theory this is when you picture something in your mind An example of this is defining a television with Conception actually seeing and picturing a television in your mind with your Imagination You can conceive of a square and not image a television Descartes also says you can conceive some things and not imagine them An example is conceiving a fifty-foot television but you cant imagine having one So he explains that you can have a conception without imagination and imagination without conception Descartes also has a Moral certainty about the existence
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