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Silencing the Demon's AdvocateThe Strategy of Descartes' Meditations$
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Ronald Rubin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758161

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758161.001.0001

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Mind and Body

Mind and Body

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(p.136) Chapter 9 Mind and Body
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Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758161.003.0009

This chapter examines Rene Descartes' argument for mind–body dualism in Meditation VI, and discusses essence in the argument for dualism and the mind–body composite. It explains that Descartes' view of God has designed the relation of mind to body in such a way that our minds will immediately act to promote the interests of the mind–body composite. The chapter also mentions that Descartes believed that while the mind and body are distinct entities, the mind experiences embodiment.

Keywords:   mind–body dualism, Meditation VI, Rene Descartes, dualism, embodiment, mind–body composite

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