Most philosophers tried to prove God’s existence through a posteriori. The philosopher Aristotle tried to prove God’s existence though the four causes, but failed because it seemed to deny God's existence and it did not provide enough evidence of the soul's immortality. He explained why things existed through the four causes: material cause, ...
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...body. The body gets old and breaks down because it lives in time and space. But when the body dies out the mind lives on. Aristotle believed that the mind died with the body. The mind could associate with the soul because the mind is the essence of the soul. The mind is immortal because it does not exist in time and space. Aristotle did not believe in the soul being immortal because he thought characteristics of the senses make up an individual but once dies out with the body. Humans have the ability to control their thought but not their body. Descartes believed that the mind had will power because it had the ability to control own thoughts.
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