Explain Descartes’ mind/matter dualism

2. Explain Descartes’ mind/matter dualism. Explain how Schiebinger argues in Competing Cosmologies that Descartes’ mind/matter dualism allows for overcoming ancient claims based on the four-element theory such as the one that differences between male and female bodies indicate differences in mental abilities between men and women. Explain Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia’s objection to Descartes’ mind/matter dualism. In your opinion, who is more convincing in this debate, Princess Elisabeth or Descartes? Discuss whether the transformation of the ‘machine-man’ in Metropolis into Maria’s doppelganger suggests that mind and matter (body) are two entirely distinct things that exist independently from each other or not.

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