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What is Cartesian dualism?

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Dualism as a type of theory assumes the existence of two distinct principles. Cartesian dualism, that attributed to Rene Descartes, posits two types of being in the universe: spirit and matter, or soul and body.

More specifically, he popularised the idea of reality as a dichotomy of matter - on the one hand extended substance (e.g. that which occupies physical space) and spirit (e.g. thinking substance, including God).

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