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The Mind-Body Problem The mind-body problem can be broken down into a series of questions What is the mind What is the body Do the mind and body co-exist or does the mind only exist in the body Or does the body only exist in the mind If both the mind and body exist there could be a number of types of relationships Maybe the mind affects the body Maybe the body affects the mind or maybe the mind and body both affect each other The later possibility is called Dualist Interactionism and is in my mind the most likely to be accurate In this essay I will describe what this dualist theory is and explain why I believe it to be true This mind-body problem that has been intriguing philosophers for a long time can be divided into two broad categories dualism and monism According to dualism mind and body are two separate substances There are several types of dualist views including parallelism epiphenomenalism occassionalism and interactionism John Locke and Rene Descartes are among those who laid the foundation of this idea Whereas Locke and Descartes believed in Dualism there were other famous philosophers and thinkers who supported two kinds of monism ideal monism and material monism Monism is the theory where the mind and body are inseparable and are each influenced by the other Berkeley and Aristotle were some of the well-known theorists who believed in monism though their views differed slightly Monist arguments were in direct contrast with dualist views but it was the philosophical writings of Ren Descartes and his dualism theory that paved the way for further debate and discussion in this important mind-body issue The whole problem revolves around the question Is mind the same thing as body And if yes how And if no why not The debate may appear simple to those involved in religion Many times faith is resulted to when one deals with
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