Write on one of the following topics.
1. Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz all develop very different accounts of the
relationship between the mind and the body. (1) Describe as clearly as possible
their basic positions and (2) explain their arguments for their respective positions,
using no less than three and no more than five quotations from each of their
works as textual support for your descriptions/explanations. During the course
of your discussion of their views, you should compare and contrast their positions
2. Descartes, Malebranche and Leibniz all develop very different accounts of causality. (1) Describe as clearly as possible their basic positions and (2) explain their arguments for their respective positions, using no less than three and no more than five quotations from each of their works as textual support for your descriptions/explanations. During the course of your discussion of their views, you should compare and contrast their positions and arguments.
Since both paper topics involve presenting the positions and arguments of three
philosophers (with textual support), your papers must be extremely well-organized,
clear and concise. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you (1) start early and
(2) make an outline of your paper so that you can easily check to see if your
discussion of each figure's arguments and positions fit well with each other.
Length: 5-6 pages
Due Date: Monday, March 12th, at the beginning of class.
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