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Unformatted text preview: Kristin Berry February 6, 2008 Notes Confessions Part 1 Neoplatonism Plotinus- chief representative, from Egypt (Alexandria) Theory of emanation Stresses respect for fellow man You need to remove the things that relate to the senses One needed to focus on attaining virtue Out of body experience was highly regarded Did not see anything as evil, things could be good or not-so-good *Does evil exist?* Stoicism No such thing as a vacuum Everyone is related to someone else Everything is rational in Christianity- everything has a purpose Manichaeism Mani Started only a little before Augustine was born Disgusted by the physical world (especially reproduction) Vegetarians- didnt want to take in flesh Matter takes up space darkness bad Writing of Text Augustine is in early 40s- ten years after conversion Berber descent Dad- Pagan thinker, mom- believer Bishop encouraged him into church position Augustine was being attacked for his earlier days as a follower of Manichaeism...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HUMA C1002 taught by Professor Irwin during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.
- Spring '08