PHIL105_Essay on Saint Augustine – Book 8

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1 Saint Augustine – Book 8 In Saint Augustine’s Confessions – Book 8, we are told how Augustine eventually converted to Catholicism after experiencing the tug-of-war between committing to serving God, and repeatedly giving in to the pleasures of sin. He decided to visit Simlicianus, “father to the then bishop Ambrose” (ii3) who told Augustine the story of Victorinus’s conversion. After hearing the story, Augustine becomes very upset with himself and leaves to sit in a garden. In his frustration he “made many physical gestures of the kind men make when they want to achieve something and lack the strength” (viii 19). After this, Augustine comments on how the body and its movement is controlled effortlessly by the will of the mind, but the mind meets resistance if it has will place upon it by itself. He realizes that this is only possible because “the will that commands the will to exist” is incomplete because the command is not strong enough to overcome itself (ix 21). To clarify, because the mind is the thing that creates will, it cannot overcome itself
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