Augustine - I-12 II-2

Augustine - I-12 II-2 - 2-19-03 I) Augustine I.12 II.2...

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2.19.3 Augustine I.12 – II.2 I) Scale of Nature (made by Aristotle) a. Humans – reason (ability to resist desire) b. Animals – perception, movement, and desire c. Plants (first stage of soul) – nutritive faculty (able to grow and take in nutrients) d. Things (inanimate objects) – they hold together e. A human is in its place (obeying its nature) when it is rational, because the best part of the human soul is the rational part so reason should rule over all other aspects of the human II) Good will – one that desires an upright and honorable life and wishes to possess wisdom a. A good will is achieved by loving that will over anything that is not in our control and cannot be willed so i. Since one can have this by simply willing it so, it is better then earthly things because you can create and control it by the power of your will b. Fools who do not attain such a will deserve the suffering because of it c. A good will encompasses: i. Prudence – knowledge of what is to be desired and avoided, because they realize that the good is to be desired and anything inimical to it avoided ii. Fortitude – disposition of the soul in that they love only the things that are in their control
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