On 18 Nov 2013, at 15:36, Telmo Menezes wrote:
On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be>
On 18 Nov 2013, at 14:41, Roger Clough wrote:
Spinoza, Leibniz and Descartes are completely different on the
between mind and matter See
Spinoza was a monist, who believed that mind and matter were one.
Are you sure? It seems to me that Spinoza defended what is called
"neutral monism": the idea that both matter and mind (which are
obviously very different) are coming from one different thing.
Computationalism is neutral monist in that sense, where the
thing" is the arithmetical reality.
Descartes believed that mind and matter are totally different
OK. But Descartes, imo, became aware of the depth of the rabbit
entails. It is hard to say, because Descartes was limited in his
the authoritarianism of his epoch. I read him in between the lines.
Interesting. I always assumed that Descartes was oblivious to the
problems with dualism. But I really like his idea of starting with the
I appreciate very much Descartes, mainly for his meditations (with the
dream argument, and the cogito), and his unfinished text "in the
search of truth".
His dualism is coherent with his mechanism, except that he refers to
God (but then it is close to Plotinus' theory of matter), instead of
arithmetical truth (but of course he lacks Gödel's discovery). I don't
think Descartes ever took the idea of a substance-dualism seriously.
He might not be a dulaist in that sense.
Of course the Aristotelians jumps on that "cartesian" dualist wagon,
but when you read Descartes, you don't see evidence for such a
dualism. With Plotinus (that Descartes seems to ignore), Descartes is
close to computationalism both on mind and matter. He could have
studied more his predecessors, if only to better argue. It is normal.
Those who have genuine personal deep question always try to answer
them by themselves (and they reinvent the wheel, here and there).
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