(i) The point of this assignment is for you to choose a position and justify your choice--you should not "sit on the fence." That means that you have to give reasons to support your view, and you have to try to anticipate how acritic would object to the position that you take and how you would respond to such criticism (which means giving more reasons). The assigned readings are often likely to be important here, so do not ignore them.(ii) Stick to the topic. Your essay should begin with a short introductory paragraph, which explains briefly and clearly what you intend to say and how you intend to support it. `Briefly` means briefly. You do not need a whole page to do this. Avoid windy introductions. Limit your opening remarks to a few clear and succinct sentences which say what position you intend to take and how you intend to justify it. --No grand (and unsupported) generalizations about the history of thought, or humanity`s "quest for knowledge" or "today`s society" etc., please! Clarity, precision and conciseness are virtues here.(iii) Remember to explain the question! (iv) Read Vaughan and McIntosh, Writing Philosophy, Chapters 3-5. These chapters provide some useful tips for writing an argumentative essay. For help with grammar, punctuation, style and documentation, seeWritingPhilosophy, Chapters 7-9 and Appendix B.(v) Since your task is to present and justify your position, you should avoid secondary sources. I am interested in what you have to say about these topics, not what someone else thinks.(v) You should, however, discuss assigned readings where they are relevant, and you must cite the ones you discuss. Anything that you cite or quote should be clearly indicated as a citation or a quotation, and appropriate page-numbers should be provided. Your paper should include a proper bibliography, which identifies the author(s),editor(s), title, publisher and date of any source that you consult--even if everything is in the course reader--or the relevant and complete bibliographical information in the form of footnotes or endnotes. (There is no need to includeWriting Philosophy in your bibliography.) See Writing Philosophy, Ch
[Your name] [Professors] [Course title] [Date] Does Descartes commit a category mistake, As Ryle contends? Why or why not? Introduction Professor Ryle`s book, The Concept of Mind critiques the thoughts of Rene Descartes on Cartesian dualism that is referred as the category mistake, in which Descartes thinks the mind is above and over someone`s behavioral dispositions. In this essay, I will agree with Ryle`s argument on Descartes committing a category mistake. I will support my arguments first, by discussing Descartes` argument, discussing what category mistake is and how it arises. Then finally, from Ryle`s arguments on Descartes myth, I would justify how Descartes committed a category mistake. Descartes` argument In the famous work of Descartes, Meditations, he declared two independent substances: mind and matter. He perceived mind as an active and conscious substance that is capable of thinking and reflecting, and it is uninhibited by mechanical laws. The mind attributes to the different forms of thinking since it is unique, conscious, invisible, eternal, dynamic and different from the body. He attributes that a man`s soul and mind is different from his body and the body does not possess whatever is in the mind. With this, he advocated for dualism of the mind and the body (Descartes 161; Zaldivar et al). Descartes perceived the mind as free and simple, but the body as being its substratum in the gland (374). The mind and body relationship, questio...