Philosophical Forum 1 (3):259-273 (1969)

Douglas C. Long
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
In his Meditations Descartes concludes that he is a res cogitans, an unextended entity whose essence is to be conscious. His reasoning in support of the conclusion that he exists entirely distinct from his body has seemed unconvincing to his critics. I attempt to show that the reasoning which he offers in support of his conclusion. although mistaken, is more plausible and his mistakes more interesting than his critics have acknowledged.
Keywords Mind-body, dualism, immaterial existence  Caartesian essence, mind, soul  Descartes, human body
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