The Mind-Body Problem in Philosophy


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Which school of thought asserts that existence is divided into two parts?

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1. Which of these philosophers believed the mind is the seat of consciousness?

2. Which of these believes that nothing but matter exists?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The separation of mind and body is one of the oldest arguments in philosophy, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of both perspectives. Learn about the history of this ancient debate and some key figures involved in it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on your understanding of:

  • School of thought that views existence as two divided parts
  • The belief that only matter exists
  • A famed materialist philosopher
  • Relating control by a mystical mind to ghosts and machines
  • The philosopher who asserted that consciousness is seated in the mind

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related philosophy lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the mind-body debate to identify the philosophers associated with specific arguments
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key terms related to the debate that describe perspectives on existence
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the name of a notable materialist philosopher

Additional Learning

More in-depth information about this philosophical debate can be found in the accompanying lesson, The Mind-Body Problem in Philosophy. The lesson is based on the following objectives:

  • Understand the mind-body problem
  • Define key terms related to the debate
  • Know both sides of the argument
  • Differentiate between philosophical perspectives
  • Identify important figures related to the philosophy