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Unformatted text preview: transcendent Platonic reality via Gods illumination of the objects of though to our mind. As the sun lights up physical objects and thereby makes them visible to the eyes, Augustine takes God to be the source of intellectual illumination, making Platonic ideals discernible to the intellect. This epistemic view is called the doctrine of illumination. Metaphysics: The doctrine of illumination makes Gods existence a necessary condition for our knowledge. From here Augustine moves to the identification of God with Eternal Truth. Recall that Platos divided line posited degrees of reality with the form of the Good being the most real or the highest being. Augustine puts God in the place of the form of the good in Platos scheme of things. God is present in the person by way of illuminating the eternal truths to reason. But God also transcends the person. God is self-sufficient, relying on nothing else for his existence. The world was created by God ex nihilo (out of nothing)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09