Cartesian Dualism and physicalism

The problem: The relationship between the mind and the body

The opposing philosophical positions: Cartesian Dualism and physicalism (Use both Ryle and Putnam)

1800 – 2000 words, please.

You will

1)Summarize both positions,

2)Explain the arguments for and against each opposing position (why does their position do a better job explaining the mind. You may use Nagel’s arguments in this part),

3)Offer your own assessment of the dialectic using your own examples and reasoning; which side you think offers a more plausible model of the mind and why?

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