Phl 302
Dr. Uzgalis
Winter 1996


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READING GUIDE: COTTINGHAM Ch 4

Due in class on Thursday,

  1. Descartes first proof for the real distinction betweeen the mind and the body turns on the fact that:

    a. Matter is made up of indivisible atoms while the mind is divisible into faculties.
    b. Matter is divisible into parts while the mind is indivisible.
    c. Material beings perish while the soul is immortal.
    d. Matter is extended while the mind is a thinking thing.

  2. Cottingham claims that the problem of interaction between the mind and the brain is rendered not difficult but impossible for Descartes to explain because:

    a. The mind and the brain are different kinds of substances.
    b. The mind effects the whole body and not just the brain.
    c. Descartes causal principle says that there must be some intelligible connection between the cause and the effect, but in this case that is not possible.
    d. Descartes holds that the minds cannot directly effect the animal spirits.

  3. Which of the following characteristic of Cartesian corporeal substances does Spinoza reject:

    a. Substances are independent existances.
    b. Substances are extended.
    c. Substances ar divisible.
    d. Dubstance is best known by the intellect.

  4. According to Spinoza, God is:

    a. a thinking thing
    b. an extended thing
    c. a being with infinite attributes.
    d. all of the above.

  5. According to Spinoza,

    a. There is no distinction between the mind and the body.
    b. The mind is an idea, and the body is also an idea.
    c. both the mind and the body are modifications of thought.
    d. the mind and the body are the same thing viewed now through the mode of thought, now through the mode of extension.

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