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Part One In the Fifth Meditation by Rene Descartes he makes a case for the existence of God He goes on to give reason to prove his argument that to exist is to believe in God for with out God we would not exist Descartes gives the analogy of a mountain and a valley pointing out that if a person believes that a mountain exists they cannot deny the existence of a valley as stated in this quote From the fact that I cannot think of a mountain without a valley it does not follow that a mountain and valley exist anywhere but simply that a mountain and a valley whether they exist or not are mutually inseparable Descartes states the argument here But from the fact that I cannot think of God except as existing it follows that existence is inseparable from God and hence that he really exists Then he goes on to explain his reasons for the existence of God It is not that my thought makes it so or imposes any necessity of the thing itself namely the existence of God which determines my thinking in this respect For I am not free to think of God without existence He is saying without God he would not exist and if he does not exist he cannot think therefore God must exist if he has the ability to think He supports his arguments further as we see here Descartes gives his conclusion it states I have perceived that God exists and at the same time I have understood that everything else depends on him and that he is no deceiver and I have drawn the conclusion that everything which I clearly and distinctly perceive is of necessity true He is saying first of all that everything that he unmistakably understands is true he clearly understands God therefore God exists To support his conclusion he gives the argument even if I
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