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This brief text assists students in understanding Augustine's philosophy and thinking so they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the Wadsworth Notes Series, (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON AUGUSTINE is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher, better enabling students to engage in reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534583620
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/17/2000
  • Series: Wadsworth Philosophers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1.1 Augustine's Life and Times 2
1.2 Augustine's Works 4
1.3 Neoplatonism 6
2 Theodicy 9
2.1 The Problem of Evil 9
2.2 Libertarianism and Determinism 11
2.3 The Invention of The Will? 12
2.4 The Great Chain of Being 15
2.5 Divine Culpability 16
2.6 Grace 19
2.7 Original Sin 22
2.8 Divine Morality 24
2.9 Compatibilism 25
3 Knowledge 27
3.1 Skepticism 28
3.2 Augustine's Cogito 29
3.3 Innatism and Empiricism 31
3.4 Divine Illumination 33
3.5 Perception 36
3.6 Augustine's Ontological Proof 40
3.7 Augustine's Contribution to Science 42
4 The Inner Man 45
4.1 The Trinity 45
4.2 The Subconscious 47
4.3 Mental Language 49
4.4 Time 52
5 Ethics and Political Theory 58
5.1 City of God, City of Man 59
5.2 Caritas and Cupiditas 62
5.3 Enjoyment and Use 66
5.4 Voluntarism 68
5.5 Against Culture and Education 70
5.6 Augustine's Political Pessimism 73
5.7 Justice 74
5.8 The State as Penal Order 76
6 Augustine's Legacy 79
Bibliography 81
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