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Ideas of Augustine, by Text

[Greek, 354 - 430, Born at Thagaste. Studied in Milan. Bishop of Hippo, in North Africa. Died there.]

398 Confessions
p.24 If God existed before creation, why would a perfect being desire to change things? [Bardon]
p.25 To be aware of time it can only exist in the mind, as memory or anticipation [Bardon]
X.08 p.214 Memories are preserved separately, according to category
X.08 p.214 I can distinguish different smells even when I am not experiencing them
X.08 p.216 Memory is so vast that I cannot recognise it as part of my mind
X.10 p.217 Three main questions seem to be whether a thing is, what it is, and what sort it is
X.12 p.219 Memory contains innumerable principles of maths, as well as past sense experiences
X.14 p.220 Mind and memory are the same, as shown in 'bear it in mind' or 'it slipped from mind'
X.14 p.220 Why does joy in my mind make me happy, but joy in my memory doesn't?
X.14 p.221 We would avoid remembering sorrow or fear if that triggered the emotions afresh
X.16 p.223 Without memory I could not even speak of myself
X.20 p.226 Everyone wants happiness
XI.01 p.253 If God is outside time in eternity, can He hear prayers?
XI.04 p.256 Heaven and earth must be created, because they are subject to change
XI.14 p.264 If the past is no longer, and the future is not yet, how can they exist?
XI.14 p.264 I know what time is, until someone asks me to explain it
XI.15 p.264 How can ten days ahead be a short time, if it doesn't exist?
XI.15 p.265 The whole of the current year is not present, so how can it exist?
XI.17 p.267 If the future does not exist, how can prophets see it?
XI.22 p.271 I disagree with the idea that time is nothing but cosmic movement
XI.26 p.274 Maybe time is an extension of the mind
XII.6 p.38 I prefer a lack of form to mean non-existence, than to think of some quasi-existence
415 works
p.7 Our images of bodies are not produced by the bodies, but by our own minds [Aquinas]
p.44 Augustine said evil does not really exist, and evil is a limitation in goodness [Perkins]
p.73 Augustine identified Donatism, Pelagianism and Manicheism as the main heresies [Matthews]
p.74 Augustine said (unusually) that 'ought' does not imply 'can' [Matthews]
p.74 Our minds grasp reality by direct illumination (rather than abstraction from experience) [Matthews]
p.74 Augustine created the modern concept of the will [Matthews]
p.109 Love, and do what you will
p.116 Pagans produced three hundred definitions of the highest good [Grayling]
420 Some Questions about time
17 p.389 All things are in the present time to God
427 City of God
Ch.XI.26 p.460 I must exist in order to be mistaken, so that even if I am mistaken, I can't be wrong about my own existence
XXI.10 p.986 The contact of spirit and body is utterly amazing, and incomprehensible