PHIL105_Essay on Saint Augustine – Book 8

PHIL105_Essay on Saint Augustine – Book 8 - 1 Saint...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

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
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern