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I think therefore I am The statement I think therefore I am lays the groundwork for Ren Descartes argument in the Meditations To understand this expression one must put themselves in Descartes place He started off trying to figure what he can know with certainty He examined a large body of knowledge and figured out that he cannot be certain of any knowledge at all Beginning in Meditation Two Descartes searches for the something that must be true no matter what This led to the conclusion that he does in fact exist if he can still think It is from this Archimedean Point that Descartes goes on to build a new well-built body of knowledge about his existence and Gods existence The statement I think therefore I am cannot be doubted Descartes felt that that the power of thinking or sensing has nothing to do with the physical body If he could cease all thinking than he could cease to exist A thing that thinks is a thing that doubts understands affirms denies wills refuses and that also imagines and sensesDescartes 20 There is a clear separation between the mind and the body If the body exists it does not mean the I exist The mind is something that is thinking indivisible and non-extended while the body is something that is non-thinking divisible and extended He believes in the standard of perfection which must be separate from his mind because of the imperfection in his thinking A common objection to Descartes theory is that an evil demon could be making one think that I am Descartes reasons for doubt are that his senses are misleading him the possibility of him dreaming or the mischievous God that dwells on deceiving him Even if he was being deceived he is still a thinking thing since he recognizes himself being misled One cannot be tricked unless they actually exist In order for him to trust his own ideas
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