Problem Set 01

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1. The Platonic Soul

In a short essay, explain Plato's theory of the soul and why we ultimately rejected it as non-explanatory. (20)

2. Cartesian Dualism

In a long essay and using your own examples, explain Cartesian Dualism and explain Ryle's charge that Descartes has committed a category mistake. Is Ryle's criticism decisive? Why or why not? How might Descartes best respond to Ryle's criticism? (30)