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PHIL week 1 chpt. - whole people This in turn effected how...

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For this checkpoint I have chose the “Augustine on God & Time” argument. In this argument Augustine asks, “What is time?” His logic is that the past affects the future which is the present now. He also uses memory, sight, and expectations to try and support his argument. Augustine also tried to convince people that time only exists in your own mind; that past and present don’t really exist. Augustine try’s to put forth the idea that time doesn’t really exist until you are born. Then of course time starts in our minds. I believe there to be strengths and weaknesses with Augustine’s argument. His strength being things, especially events and people definitely have an effect on the future. Take the Holocaust or even Hitler for example. Hitler enacted the Holocaust which nearly annihilated a
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Unformatted text preview: whole people! This in turn effected how the world views not only Germans but Jews also. Are we not sympathic to Jewish cause? Weaknesses of Augustine argument is that there really isn’t a way to prove nor disprove his theory that time only exists in a person’s mind. I don’t know how he planned to test this theory. Maybe he was thinking of it this way: Someone is speaking on their cell phone while driving; they are running late to work and are not paying close attention to the road. They fatally strike a child with their car. The child’s time ends. Their parent’s future is also altered. Say they get their representative to pass a law about no talking on phones while driving. I hope I haven’t screwed this all up!!...
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