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Justin E.H. Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190490447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190490447.001.0001

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Descartes and Spinoza

Descartes and Spinoza

Two Approaches to Embodiment

(p.215) Chapter Nine Descartes and Spinoza

Alison Peterman

Oxford University Press

In the 17th century, Descartes and Spinoza each provided interesting and influential approaches to answering the question: what is the relationship between a mind and its body? Descartes is in large part responsible for undermining the role of the soul in answering this question, formulating the “mind-body problem” in the form that philosophers still grapple with today. Following him, in Spinoza, we find (at least) three different accounts of embodiment, whose ingenuity is attested to by their long reception in the philosophical tradition.

Keywords:   Descartes, Spinoza, mind-body problem, Aristotle, Scholasticism, 17th century

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