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Do people think and behave independently?

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Started: 7/25/2018 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Some may think people can think and behave independently, that is incorrect. According to Aristotle, man is by nature a social animal, which means as we live in a society we interact with other members of the society. This means our mind-set and behavior are unconsciously ruled by the society.


Your argument seems to hinge on the idea that unconscious phenomena are controlled (rather than influenced) by society resulting in people having no independence. (i) I don't believe the "unconscious" (a la Freud) exists. There is only conscious phenomena (beliefs/thoughts, etc.) and nonconscious phenomena. (ii) "Society" is just individuals, who cannot "control" (i.e. "rule") minds/behaviour via unconscious phenomena. Barring physical force, individuals can only influence other individuals.
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Posted by canis 3 years ago
I gave the cat water and food today. So I did not think and behave independently.
Posted by felixmendelssohn 3 years ago
you're against this so you think that people think and behave the same?
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