Augustine &Anselm Revised

Augustine &Anselm Revised - Augustine Anselm Handout...

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Augustine’s refutation of skepticism Knowledge of self, awareness of the “immediate data” of consciousness. Distinguishing consciousness as a mental “act” intending an object—Thinking of x-- from consciousness of the “act” of being conscious of the object—“self-consciousness” and “reflection”—awareness of an object as opposed to awareness of consciousness of an object . Awareness (knowledge) of conscious acts, awareness of objects (sensations), awareness of self—all known with certainty. Augustine is “immediately aware” of— directly aware of—his own conscious states—thus of the fact that he is conscious—is a conscious being. So it is obvious that he is conscious, that he exists, that he “is alive”— hence to doubt that he exists is to establish that he exists. It cannot sensibly be doubted. Thus Augustine’s Cogito “argument”. The emphasis on “will”—as if will (hence free will) and not intellect is the key characteristic of a human being. The three kinds of “being” and the influence of Plotinus—adapting Plotinus to
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2008 for the course PHL 329L taught by Professor Hochberg during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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