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All you need to know about… René Descartes and the mind-body problem *

René Descartes (1596-1650) is famous for his slogan: I think, therefore I am. But what is he? He argues that he is both a mind and a body. Mind and body can exist and function without the other, but they do interact. Hans Dooremalen will discuss the exchange of ideas about this between Descartes and Princess Elisabeth of the Palatinate. (language: English)

Program information
Date Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Time 16:00-17:00
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Admission Free entrance
Speaker Hans Dooremalen, Philosopher of Mind at Tilburg University.
Contact Has Klerx (Academic Forum).
Organisation Academic Forum
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'I think, therefore I am'

René Descartes (1596-1650) is famous for his slogan: I think, therefore I am. But what is he? Is he a body, is he a mind?

Letters on the mind-body problem

René Descartes argues that he is both a mind and a body. Mind and body can exist and function without the other, but they do interact. Princess Elisabeth of the Palatinate (1618-1680), who lived in exile in The Hague, wrote Descartes that his view was unintelligible, and asked for further details about how he thought the mind and body interacted. In this presentation, Hans Dooremalen will discuss the exchange of ideas about this mind-body problem between these two seventeenth-century thinkers.

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When: 14 December 2017 16:00

End date: 14 December 2017 17:00