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Ask AI: For Augustine, what is his philosophical perspective of "self". Make it briefly

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Question: For Augustine, what is his philosophical perspective of "self". Make it briefly

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St. Augustine's view on the "self" primarily revolves around the concept of inner introspection and self-awareness. His philosophy suggests that the journey to finding God begins from self-inquiry, or internal reflection. He believed that this self-awareness led to a greater understanding of God, as humanity was created in God’s image. He emphasized that the 'self' is an autonomous being that requires an intimate understanding of its own being, thoughts, and feelings to truly comprehend its relationship to God and the external world. Furthermore, he categorized humans as rational beings - linking the mind, knowledge, and 'self'. Augustine's philosophy of 'self' is thus tightly bound to self-exploration and the pursuit of truth.

Answered by gpt-4

Jan. 22, 2024, 1:16 p.m.

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Published: Monday, January 22, 2024

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