Category Archives: Plato

Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine on Virtue, Vice, and the Human Will

In the Medieval World course I took last semester, one of my professors made a casual remark about comparing Augustine, Plato, and Aristotle’s understanding of virtue, vice, and the human will. Nothing more was said, but what little was said … Continue reading

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Augustine and Plato’s Cave

Nothing original or penetrating here; just some observations of mine on St. Augustine’s use of Neoplatonic categories to describe his journey toward God’s love. I wouldn’t stand by these noticings with great confidence, so if anyone has better ideas please … Continue reading

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Augustine Vs. Timaeus (?)

In Book XI, Chapter 5 of his Confessions, it looks to me like without mentioning Plato or anything about Platonism Augustine is criticizing Plato’s creation account in the Timaeus. The phrases Augustine uses, the issues he highlights, could have been … Continue reading

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Plato and “the Famous Flood”

In Book III of his Laws, Plato has his characters discuss the origins of human government. Beginning with 677a and running for some pages thereafter, the characters discuss in particular “the famous flood,” the massive destructions caused by it, and … Continue reading

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Spanning the Chasm Between the Divine and the Human

Recently I’ve been undertaking a reading of some of the major Platonic dialogues which I have never before read. Here’s a fascinating passage from the Symposium about the nature and duties of Love: “[Love] interprets,” [Diotima] replied, “between gods and … Continue reading

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