Posted: November 18th, 2021

Philosophy discussion 4 | philosophy | Houston Community College

 Descartes believes that there exists  both ‘mind’ and ‘matter’ (or ‘body’ – same thing). Smart believes that  there is only ‘matter’, or the material/physical world, and everything  else, including thoughts, sensations and other apparently ‘mental’  processes are really just physical processes at bottom. Which view do  you find more plausible? Explain why.

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Please write a minimum 200 word response to the prompt;

 Required reading:  

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/courses/163153/files/29703691/download?wrap=1

(Excerpted from, Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditations 1 & 2, 1641, open-source text at: http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/descartes  (Links to an external site.) Edited by Jonathan Bennett, annotated by Sally Parker-Ryan for HCC.) 

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 2)  J. J. C. Smart, ‘Sensations and Brain Processes’ 

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/courses/163153/files/29703532/download?wrap=1 

, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 68, No. 2 (Apr., 1959), pp. 141-156 Published by: Duke University Press on behalf of Philosophical Review, Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2182164 . First 5 pages only are required.

3)  Frank Jackson: Mary’s Room thought experiment.

 https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/courses/163153/files/29703532/download?wrap=1

Supplementary Reading:

What is Physicalism? (an excerpt from the SEP)

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/courses/163153/files/29703701/download?wrap=1

Lecture Notes:

Cartesian Dualism 

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/courses/163153/files/29703689/download?wrap=1

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