Philosophy 3 Essay

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Philosophy 3


Materialism is 'The metaphysical doctrine that matter with its motions and qualities is
the ultimate reality of all things'; (Miller 156). This basically means that the nature of
the world is entirely dependent on matter. Idealism is 'The metaphysical theory that all
things are constituted by mind and its ideas'; (Miller 132). This basically means that the
nature of the world is entirely dependent on the mind and its ideas.

A materialist would believe that the mind is only part of the matter that our nature is
made up of, and not things we believe in such as God and our emotions such as love. That
is not the case with Idealism, Idealist believe in what the mind creates as ideas
therefore, they believe in such things as love and religions.

As for a solution to the mind-body problem, being the question, 'If the mind and body are
essentially different substances, then how can there be any causal connection between
them'; (Miller 119)? I believe that the mind and body are dependent of each other. What is
the mind in a jar? Nothing. What is the body without the mind? Nothing. The mind relies on
the body to act in the way that it transmits the messages, and the body relies on the mind
so that it can function and do its daily activities. I believe that this has a connection
to the Materialism and Idealism debate. Materialism and Idealism are dependent of each
other. If we do not have the mind we do not have the matter, therefore we would not have
anything to test, As in a scientific experiment. In conclusion, I believe that there
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