By Phillip Cary, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth (eds.)
Participants: Johannes Brachtendorf, John D. Caputo, Jesse Couenhoven, Alexander R. Eodice, Wayne J. Hankey, John Peter Kenney, Paul A. Macdonald Jr, Gareth B. Matthews, Roland J. Teske, Frederick Van Fleteren, James Wetzel
Augustine of Hippo used to be a thinker in addition to theologian, bishop and saint. He aimed to perform philosophy no longer easily as an instructional self-discipline yet as a love for divine knowledge pervading every little thing in his existence and paintings. To inquire into Augustine and philosophy is therefore to get to the guts of his matters as a Christian author and discover many of the purposes for his tremendous effect on Western idea. This quantity, containing essays by way of top Augustine students, features a number of inquiries into Augustine's philosophy in conception and perform, in addition to his relation to philosophers sooner than and after him. It opens up a number of views into the guts of Augustine's idea.
He usually reminds his readers, "philosophy" skill love of knowledge, and in that feel he expects that each helpful impulse in human lifestyles could have whatever philosophical approximately it, whatever directed towards the attainment of knowledge.
In Augustine's personal writing we discover this expectation positioned into perform in a beautiful number of methods, as keys topics of Western philosophy and complicated types of philosophical argument happen all over. the gathering of essays during this ebook examines quite a few points of the relation of Augustine and philosophy, either in Augustine's personal perform as a thinker and in his interplay with others. the result's no longer one photograph of the relation of Augustine and philosophy yet many, because the authors of those essays ask many alternative questions about Augustine and his impact, and convey a wide range of pursuits and services to their activity. hence the gathering exhibits that Augustine's philosophy continues to be a power and a provocation in a wide selection of settings this present day.
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In De libero arbitrio II as well as in De civitate dei XIX and in De Trinitate, Augustine uses philosophy to give support and a clearer exposition to faith. THE RECEPTION OF AUGUSTINE’S VIEWS: AQUINAS, DESCARTES, KANT Since Augustine was considered an uncontestable authority in the Middle Ages, it is not surprising that one frequently encounters his estimation of philosophy and its relationship to religion during this time. At the very beginning of his Summa Theologiae, Aquinas discusses the relationship of philosophy and theology.
His own moral psychology, however, undermines this view: Augustine believes that his full mind is implicated in his dreaming, partly because he believes he owns thoughts he cannot (without divine help) refrain from having. This point is clarified in his anti-Pelagian writings, where Augustine argues that we are judged in our waking lives not primarily for actions but states of mind, yet that we lack control over our states of mind even while awake. One can be responsible for one’s dream-actions, as well as for the content of one’s dreams, because one is often personally present in one’s dreams in much the same way as one is present in one’s waking mental life.
Aquinas’ view of the relationship of philosophy and theology is largely equivalent to Augustine’s. According to both, philosophy is neither sufficient nor necessary for humans to reach their ultimate goal. Instead faith, whose claims exceed the realm of truths accessible to reason alone, plays the decisive role. However, faith is not restricted to super-rational truths, but extends into the realm of reason as well, thereby creating a sphere of overlap where truths of faith and truths of reason coincide.
Augustine and Philosophy by Phillip Cary, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth (eds.)