Five Card Story: Body and Soul

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Known as Cartesian dualism (or mind–body dualism), Rene Descartes theory on the separation between the mind and the body went on to influence subsequent Western philosophies. In Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes attempted to demonstrate the existence of God and the distinction between the human soul and the body.

Thinking (soul) part of the self is separate from the physical body. The nonmaterial part is independent of the physical laws of nature and the body is subject to the physical laws of nature. The soul cannot be substantially affected by death; death is an alteration of the state of the physical body only. This is Cartesian dualism.

Cartesian dualism is deeply entwined with religious beliefs, for example that there is life for the soul after death of the body. Effects of this picture of mind and body have permeated other areas of our lives; for example, Cartesian dualism profoundly affected the practice of medicine for centuries, separating diseases of the body from diseases of the mind.

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