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Literature Humanities February 6, 2008 Note Taker: Sara Partridge St. Augustine, Confessions Books I-IX Contemporary philosophical influences: 1. Neoplatonism -primary figure: Plotinus. Egyptian, -230-240 AD -conflicted with Christianity -Theory of Emination: The One or The Absolute is the primary substance of all matter, all other substances are derived from it -Emphasis on compassion, feelings for fellow men -Subordination of sensual pleasures in order to move towards The Absolute, focus on attaining virtues -Move toward The Absolute when in an “ecstatic state” -Evil does not exist (one Augustine’s primary reasons for skepticism; he believed in evil) 2. Stoicism -no such thing as a vacuum; “divine breath” animates all beings -there is no irrationality; everything is purposeful and meaningful (in retrospect, at least) 3. Manicheeism -Followers of Mani, roughly 300 AD -disgusted by physical world, especially reproduction -the body is bad, don’t create more bodies (procreate) or eat meat
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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.

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