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Augustine vs. Abelard Notes Augustine His confessions book was meant to be published He is a universalist Has a recognition/reversal (Aristotle’s Poetics)= Under fig tree Manicheism= Good spirit, light vs. dark, evil material world Skepticism= question knowledge, beliefs, facts; support with evidence God= inherent in all things Confession o 1. Act of guilt/regret for sins o 2. Act of praising God o 3. Profess faith to others He relies on memory of truth—others (Montaigne) would say this is a fallacy o He sins in infancy, childhood but remembers and confesses/repents later on Converts to Christianity o Acknowledges God as the supreme confessor o Redeems self through suffering Believes we are born to suffer and redeem ourselves Universalist His writing is Didactic: meant to teach others persuade to convert to Christianity o Universal- everyone can apply, relate to his story
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Unformatted text preview: o Original Sin:= humanity has fallen o God is all good things, free will causes bad things • Believes literature is bad o Creates fake feelings o Instead should on real problems – self and god o Catharsis is a waste of energy – pity, tears for fictional people Pretend suffering is an abomination, but pitying this is even more abominable Abelard • Not meant to be published- letters • Egotistical o Loves his misfortunes—suffers? o Would classify himself as a tragic hero Admirable/great man suffers- tragic flaw? • Makes others feel better about self in comparison • Nominalist (opposite of universal) because not making self relatable or that his situation applies universally • Reversal of fortune= castration • Tragic flaw= Pride, hubris, misfortunes caused by his character...
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  • Fall '11
  • VladislavTodorov
  • Poetics, Tragedy, Suffering, Abelard Notes Augustine, suffers- tragic flaw

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