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This paper will discuss the dualisms Divisibility Argument This argument relies on Leibnizs Law and uses a different property to prove the distinctness of brain states of mental states Mary who is a materialist presents several objections to that argument Her main objection corresponds to the firstthird-person approach She believes that Dave presents that argument only from the first-person approach which is introspection and totally disregards the third-person approach which is observation of another mind Marys objections will follow by the Daves response on them from the dualists point of viewThe purpose of the Divisibility Argument is to prove that mental states are different from the brain states My body which includes my brain is divisible However I cannot conceive of my mind as divisible Therefore my mind is distinct from any part of my bodyDescartes was the first who established the Divisibility Argument He held that the two components which constitute man had an independent origin and are of a fundamentally different nature The body is divisible since it can be separated for example my leg or my hand can be cut off my brain can be cut on half However the idea of the divisible mind is inconceivable This argument relies on the Leibnizs Law It is a principle about identity which says if an object or event X is identical with an object or event Y then X and Y have all of the same properties So if X and Y have any different properties then X can not be identical with Y Divisibility Argument uses a different property to prove the distinctness of brain states and mental states the property of being indivisible In this case the mind has a property and brain lacks it The body can be divided however it cannot be done with the mindMary has several objections to this argument First she believes that the mind is an entity which is composed of several mental states thoughts
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