Reality’s Two for One Special:A Comparison Between Descartes’ Dualism and Spinoza’s Monism Cheryl Bennett PHI 200 Professor Henry May 24, 2010
Is Reality Reality? Is what humanity calls Reality really reality, and is humanity dual in nature or monistic? Rene Descartes and Baruch Spinoza were two philosophers that attempt to investigate and answer that particular question by using both mathematical theories and intense examinations of the universe, humankind, and the psyche.
The Universe can be explained both mechanically and mathematically since all actions are in some way an adjustment of the interchanges between the physical body and the ethereal mind substances since each subsists independently from the other.
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