|Ideas: ideas are representations of objects, circumstances or properties of objects as opposed to their manifestations in the external world. At times the concept of the idea is connected with the claim of perfection. See also idealism, idealization, thing in itself, Platonism._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
Augustine on Ideas - Dictionary of Arguments
Höffe I 101
Ideas/Augustine/Höffe: (...) influenced by New Platonic thinking, Augustine sees in his epistemology the basis of true knowledge in a Platonic thought, the spiritual world of ideas. In contrast to Plato, however, he does not concede to them an "apersonal" being that exists for itself, but rather elevates them to thoughts of God. In order to participate in it, a divine illumination (illuminatio) is needed, whereby the first, "knowledge-theoretical Augustinism" expands into a second, "anthropological Augustinism": Although the human spirit is related to the divine spirit, it is limited in its autonomy.
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