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Let me begin by explaining the theory of the real distinction of mind from body Rene Descartes was a dualist he believed that the mind is an immaterial thing and is distinct from the body He believed that the mind is not the body is not dependant upon the body and so can exist without the body It is however my opinion that Descartes is not saying when the body dies the mind will endure and exist separately it might very well have those connotations but I feel he is saying that if the body had never existed in the first place there could still exist the mind In order to form a basis from which Descartes can construct his arguments for the real distinction of mind from body he first looks for an absolute a fact which is undeniable a point from which an argument can grow and provided the premise always semantically entails the conclusion as the first premise is true so to must any final conclusion In order to do this Descartes says that he shall reject as absolutely false everything for which he could imagine the least ground of doubt1 This would imply that Descartes refused to accept any idea or thought as true if that truth could be subject to any possible doubt It then followed that Descartes found that he was able to doubt that any of his perceptions corresponded to the corporeal world in which they appeared ie he could imagine that nothing he perceived was true Indeed he could doubt that he is part of this reality a reality which is based on material objects he could also doubt the fact that he had a body and yet he could not conceive that he did not exist whatever He may be I saw that I could conceive that I had no body and that there as no world nor place where I might be but yet
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