Rene Descartes and G.W. Leibniz
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Make sure your papers are writing a 5-6 page critical essay that addresses the question below. Your paper should not only exposit the relevant arguments from the text
along with appropriate evidence and citations, but also you are required to provide some critical evaluation. The difficulty will be in limiting what you include to
those arguments relevant to answering the question. So, think about what’s really important, structure your essay appropriately, and be concise so that you can include
everything necessary within the page limit.
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Question: At (AT VII: 77; p. 54), Descartes argues for a “real distinction” between the mind and the body. What is that argument? How do previous arguments in the
Meditations support the premises concluding that the mind and the body are really distinct? Make sure to give those arguments. What sort of problem arises for
Descartes, if the mind and the body are distinct substances? Explain your answer. How does Leibniz’s understanding of substance help to address this problem? Make sure
to explain the nature of substances for Leibniz and why he thinks they must be this way. Do you think this solution provides a satisfactory solution to Descartes’
problem? Why or why not? Do you think Leibniz provides a satisfactory view of substance? Why or why not?
Please be careful to address all parts of the question.
You should read these two books; Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, ed. J. Cottingham, (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) and G.W. Leibniz,
Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology, trans. Daniel Garber and Roger Ariew, (Hackett Publishing Co.).
Descartes, “Dedicatory Letter to the Sorbonne” (pp. 3-6), “Synopsis” (pp. 7-12), Meditations I and II (12-23), Descartes, Meditations II, III (pp. 16-36), Descartes,
Meditations III, IV (pp. 24-43), Descartes, Meditations IV, V (pp. 37-49), Descartes, Meditations V, VI (pp. 44-62)
Leibniz, Monadology, sections 1-30 (pp. 68-72), Leibniz, Monadology, sections 31-48 (pp. 72-75); Optional: DM, sections 13-15 (pp. 12-17).
These are really help to write this paper. Please use sources should be from above two books; Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy and G.W. Leibniz,
Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology. It means bibliography must have professional quality and of course you can use bibliography other academic books.
Moreover, please check the paper structure and grammar of the paper when you done with writing the paper.