We are amalgamations; Blending’s of flesh and spirit that are part of an ongoing interaction with the visible and invisible world around us. It exerts a pull on us, as we likewise exert a pull on it. The gravity of the situation, however, is such that the fallen worlds pull would overpower ours. It is simply bigger. Its influence is beyond our capacity to resist. We are specks of sand on a beach, and the tide throws us where it pleases. We are small and seemingly insignificant: fuzz in the breeze.
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Within the confines of the Augustinian philosophy we find a possible solution to an age old philosophical labyrinth: what is evil? Augustine grappled with this problem throughout much of his early adult life. While struggling with his personal iniquity he embraced the Manichean's philosophy. Later, upon further investigation he developed a Monistic theory that had Platonic roots at its base. The pinnacle of Augustine's explanation of evil is described in terms of privation and perspective, it is from these seeds that evil could be rationally understood. This paper will endeavour to trace Augustine's conception of evil from a flimsy philosophical foundation to a sturdy one.