Principle of Charity

The principle of charity should be used more carefully (in general) when we’re interpreting texts of classical philosophers.
I’m afraid that a lot of Philosophers, even the most well know, have been parodied and caricatured too much.
Well, why does this matter? Because we don’t want to make these guys look stupid or attack straw-man.
One such example is Descartes. Descartes did believe that there’s a “Ghost in a Machine”. This is too simplistic. He did believe that the body also interacts with the soul. He did believe the body was a good thing, not merely a machine.
Also, enjoy Philosophy for it’s own sake. Try and think of ideas on your own. Don’t just look to argue.


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