Mod2Session5-DesireToBeGod

Mod2Session5-DesireToBeGod - Module II Session 5 “Desire...

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Module II Session 5 “Desire to Be God”
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Read: The excerpts by Sartre from the blackboard list of additional readings.
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Desire for the “ultimate” • Go back to session #4 and find the definition of finis ultimis Reflect on the connection between Augustinian- Thomistic view of the human desire for the ultimate and what happens to this desire in the wake of Nietzsche’s proclamation of the “death of God.”
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“Death of God” and “Desire to be God” Compare Sartre with Hegel and Nietzsche on “death of God” (see session #4): Sartre, Augustine, and Aquinas agree: The human self is defined by a desire for the ultimate (see finis ultimis ). Sartre agrees with Nietzsche: “God is dead” in the cultural sense (see session #4, C). Sartre claims with Aquinas and Nietzsche in mind: ”H uman being is a desire to be God.” (This is possible, strictly speaking, already in the speculative sense of “God’s” death that Hegel articulated in session#4, B.)
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“God” and Human Freedom are Contradictory Sartre argues that the “idea of God” as an omnipotent and omniscient being is self-contradictory because existence of such a being is contradicts human freedom – Either God is omnipotent and omniscient ( ens causa sui = Being that is a cause or ground of its very be-ing) , but then we do not have genuine freedom – Or we are free, then God cannot have those attributes (see session #4 on divine attributes), which means God is not “God” as defined above. Either God or human freedom, but not both
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2010 for the course PHIL 206 taught by Professor Draper during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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Mod2Session5-DesireToBeGod - Module II Session 5 “Desire...

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