True or False?

I'm unsure about this question because it seems like he only refers to the mind and the brain in this context, but not the body as a whole.

Here's the passage:

"The mind isn't immediately affected by all parts of the body but only by the brain-or perhaps just by the small part of it which is said to contain the 'common sense'. [Descartes is referring to the pineal gland. The 'common sense' was a supposed faculty, postulated by Aristotle, whose role was to integrate the data from the five specialized senses.] The signals that reach the mind depend upon what state this part of the brain is in, irrespective of the condition of the other parts of the body."

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    True. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a long article dedicated to Descartes's peculiar belief, Descartes and the Pineal Gland. – Conifold Aug 25 '18 at 8:17
  • I made an edit. You are welcome to roll this back or continue editing. You may see the versions by clicking on the "edited" link above. One thing to add is a source for the quote. Welcome to this SE! – Frank Hubeny Aug 25 '18 at 8:18
  • Can you provide the exact cite to Descartes‘s quote? – Mark Andrews Aug 26 '18 at 16:36

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