By Alexander Moseley

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As a ‘born-again’ Christian, he later asserted the unified nature of the universe against the Manichean thinking, which became a heresy. With Augustine, we also clearly hear again Plato’s voice in a man who sought to justify and explain the nature of the Other World but who ably welded the general, but to his mind incomplete, thrust of Platonic philosophy to the Christian Augustine (353–430) 23 theological inheritance that had evolved in the three centuries since Christ’s death. Yet we also detect the extrapolation of Stoical ethics – again merged with Christian thinking and Eastern promise of eternal salvation – into an almost absolute renunciation of this world in favour of retaining a purity to the soul.

4) For what is the life of a city compared to the eternal life and hence, whatever policies a city pursues, they are to be put into the context of the infinitesimal brevity of life on earth? In many respects, Augustine’s theology turned Christian minds heavenward, and the ensuing Dark Ages were certainly characterized Being 25 in intellectual circles as a focus on otherworldliness rather than on the mundane and scientific. Being Being what? The English verb is intransitive, so it can uphold ‘I am’ as a self-sufficient grammatical statement.

But why should it be that the mind is self-evidently immaterial? Intuitively so, he believed. The mind is clearly one and entire, unlike the body, which can lose parts and so be separated; it is, however, distinct from the body and therefore separable from it, an argument which permitted Descartes to return to theological conclusions concerning the immortality of the soul. Yet the underlying difficulties are not hard to envisage: how does my soul not slip out of my body whenever I move? ’ More pertinently though, how does my immaterial self activate my material body into action?

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