Descartes’s Problem

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Title
Descartes’s Problem
Author
氏名 ARAKI Naoki
ヨミ アラキ ナオキ
別名 荒木 直樹
Subject
body
mind
dualism
interaction
words
things
Buddhism
Abstract

René Descartes insists that there are two distinct things in the world: mind and body. He
attempts to explain how these two things interact with each other but in vain. Why is that?
According to Buddhism, the reason is that the world is not divided as language segments the
world. Phenomena are one and whole thing but not divisible into several parts. But we divide the
world into parts using language and try to explain phenomena by combining words. So we fail to
understand phenomena by language even though we continue to explain them in more and more
details using words. In a sense, things words refer to are illusions that do not exist in advance
of language. We deceive ourselves that things exist independently of language. Descartes is no
exception. He deceives himself that mind and body exist independently of each other. But these two
things cannot be divided but are one and whole thing. So Descartes fails to explain how mind and
body interact with each other.

Journal Title
広島工業大学紀要. 研究編
Volume
54
Spage
9
Epage
18
Published Date
2020-02
Publisher
広島工業大学
ISSN
1346-9975
NCID
AA11599110
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
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出版社版
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