The Self According to Rene Descartes


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Which of these assert that reality or existence is divided into two parts?

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1. Which of these men held to the principle of dualism?

2. Which of these were written by Descartes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The French philosopher Rene Descartes is considered to be the father of modern philosophy, most famous for his proclamation 'Cogito Ergo Sum,' or 'I think, therefore I am.' This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of Descartes's specific views on the self. Some things you'll be assessed on include relevant philosophical ideas, identifying relevant philosophers, and identifying specific works of Descartes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment questions will quiz you on:

  • The philosophy that says existence is divided into two parts
  • Works written by Descartes
  • Critics of Descartes's views
  • Examples of a category mistake
  • Philosophers who held to the principle of dualism

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Descartes's views on the self
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Rene Descartes's works, philosophical views, and place within the history of philosophy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about category mistakes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Further explore philosophical views by studying the lesson called The Self According to Rene Descartes. The following topics are discussed in the material:

  • Dualism
  • Identity and the seat of consciousness as they relate to the sense of self
  • Gilbert Ryle