creating a simple argument. By comparing different images, Descrates attempts to prove that God does not exist, and then invalidates the argument by looking deeper into the comparison of images to prove, the exact opposite, that God exists.
Descartes first preface explains that the mere fact that he can imagine a mountain with a valley, does not mean that this mountain and valley exists in reality. Much like he can imagine a horse with wings, he makes it is clear it is possible to imagine things that do not exist. This same concepts he uses to explain that though he can imagine the existence of God, it does not mean that God actually exists.
However, he explains that there is a "logical mistake" in this assumption. Unlike a horse which can be imagined with out wings, a mountain cannot be imagined without a valley and a valley cannot be imagined without a mountain. Though this does not mean that a mountain and valley exist somewhere in reality, the two are inseparable in thought. When applying this to God it follows much the same, he explains that he can think of God only as existing, and is never able to separate the two. This inability to separate God as a single thought without the thought of His existence, it shows that God must exist.
Descrates explains that his sheer inability to separate existence from God, is proof of his existence, because it is God's existence that makes him think that way. [continues]
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