By Gareth B. Matthews

This lucid survey takes readers on a thought-provoking travel throughout the lifestyles and paintings of Augustine. This identify explores new insights into one among antiquity's most crucial philosophers. subject matters of this name comprise: skepticism, language acquisition, mind-body dualism, philosophical dream difficulties, time and construction, religion and cause, foreknowledge and loose will, and Augustine's status as a 'Socratic philosopher'.

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As we shall see in chapter 5, the knowledge each of us has of our own existence becomes Augustine’s most arresting and most potent response to the challenge of Academic skepticism. Moreover, the “inner knowledge” each of us has of ourselves forms the basis, as we shall see in chapter 6, of Augustine’s reasoning for mind– body dualism. further reading Christopher Kirwan, Augustine. London: Routledge, 1989, ch. ” This chapter offers a close analysis and assessment of Augustine’s reasoning in Against the Academicians.

To choose Aristotle’s famous example in Posterior Analytics B8, it seems one could know thunder is a noise in the clouds without knowing the essence of thunder. Indeed, as Aristotle suggests in that passage, one might need to use a “nominal definition,” such as ‘noise in the clouds,’ to identify the thing one is trying to determine the essence of. Thus, whichever way we understand substantia in line (1) and following, that premise of Argument A seems questionable.

Here is the crucial passage: W T1. , the skeptics of the New Academy] lose their force. ” – well, if I am mistaken, I am. For one who does not exist can by no means be mistaken. Therefore, I am, if I am mistaken. Because, therefore, if I am mistaken I am [si fallor sum] how can I be mistaken [in thinking] that I am, since it is certain that I am if I am mistaken. And because, if I could be mistaken, I would have to be the one who is mistaken, therefore I am most certainly not mistaken in knowing that I am.

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