There's no question that the fall of rome vs the height of the holy roman empire and the papacy were hugely influential in augustine and aquinas, to say nothing of the difference between augustine's classically roman education compared to aquinas' medieval scholastic one. • theory of creation (compare it to plotinus’ and plato’s theory of creation also) he disagrees with: plotinus since god creates out of a willed act (plotinus does not attribute will to god), and plato since god creates everything ex nihilo (as opposed to plato’s demiurge creating from “primordial matter”) god created the world out of his will god could have not created the world. Comparative analysis paper of aquinas and augustine‘s philosophies 3 introduction this paper presents an analytical comparison of philosophical principles of two. Plotinus, augustine, aquinas, kwojtyla on person and ego plotinus on the one and the good in ennead vi, 9, plotinus discusses the nature of the one with respect to goodness, and particularly the supreme concept of goodness, which he calls the good comparison of plato, aquinas, aristotle and augustine 1464 words | 6 pages.
The neoplatonic legacy and augustine’s theology plotinus’ vision of actuality and potentiality, culminating in derivation from the one, “enabled augustine to order his thoughts” 55 concerning the problem of materialism, incorporeality, as well as the problem of evil. Topic: offer summaries of the key ethical ideas of both augustine and aquinas (detailed summaries) and then compare and contrast the ethical ideas of these two christian thinkers. A) compare descartes’ ways of knowing to plato’s, aristotle’s, augustine’s or aquinas’ ways of knowing (choose 2 of these 4 to compare to) what major dissimilarities and/or similarities do you see concerning their epistemological beliefs — ie the nature of truth, faith, reasoning, sense experience, etc. Augustine and aquinas on original sin and the function of political authority weithman, paul j, 1959-journal of the history of philosophy, volume 30, number 3, july 1992.
Neoplatonism was a major influence on christian theology throughout late antiquity and the middle ages in the west this was due to st augustine of hippo, who was influenced by the early neoplatonists plotinus and porphyry, as well as the works of the christian writer pseudo-dionysius the areopagite, who was influenced by later neoplatonists, such as proclus and damascius. Plotinus' style, as well as his arguments, is heard in the confessions, both in the tenacious strings of questions with which augustine pursues a difficult problem (as in 133-44) and in occasional flashes of exhortation (as at 11828. Saint thomas aquinas and saint augustine are arguably the two most important theologians in all of christian history and are two of the most important doctors of the catholic church their wisdom and reflections on scripture and doctrine have influenced the thought of millions of christians. The eastern orthodox position on energy, for example, is often contrasted with the position of the roman catholic church, and in part this is attributed to varying interpretations of aristotle and plotinus, either through thomas aquinas for the roman catholics or gregory of nyssa for the orthodox christians.
First explained, and then compared to plotinus’ view of evil to show that augustine radically transformed plotinus’ teaching in light of scripture augustine’s views are then compared to. Plotinus to pico study guide (fall 2017) compare and contrast platonism, aristotelianism, and neo-platonism — ie, how are they similar and how are they different 2 what is time, according to augustine 3 how do augustine and aquinas understand creation and god’s relation to creation 4. Thomas aquinas puts the matter succinctly, whenever augustine, who was imbued with the doctrines of the platonists, found in their teaching anything consistent with faith, he adopted it and those things which he found contrary to faith he amended.
Augustine was born at thagaste (modern suk ahras in algeria) 2 his mother was a christian, but he did not respond well to her efforts to educate him in the faith 3 as a young man he admired cicero and plotinus and flirted with manichaeism and scepticism 4 his mature intellectual position may be described as christian neoplatonism 5 having. Augustine had sought to reconcile the principles of christianity with the philosophy of plato, without the pantheistic implications which had developed in the emanation theory of plotinus aquinas sought to reconcile the philosophy of aristotle with the principles of christianity, avoiding the pantheism which it seemed to imply (cf pt. Augustine began using the ideas of plotinus about the three divine hypostases to gain a deeper understanding of god the christian doctrine of creation in particular made it impossible for them to think in terms of degrees of divinity there is a sharp division between the creator and all else in christianity.
Thomas aquinas (or st thomas): the politico-religious syncretism (religious monarchy) thomism has probably influenced more history than the augustinian he is an authority in all religious backgrounds. Western concepts of god this is most obvious in figures like augustine and aquinas, who sought to bring more rigor and consistency to concepts found in religion others, like leibniz and hegel, interacted constructively and deeply with religious concepts plotinus regarded matter as emanating from god spinoza, departing from his. Plotinus renewed and expanded platonic thought and in a way made it his own he may have actually edged out of dualism into a complex, many-shaded monism in plotinus’ view, the ultimate source of existence was the one, or the good, loosely corresponding to an impersonal theism.
Plotinus and aquinas on god a thesis presented to the faculty of the college of arts and sciences of ohio university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for. Brief introduction to plotinus, including some comparison and contrast with christian theology plotinus is especially important as a major influence on st augustine. Aquinas took an aristotelian path, being a strong follower of aristotle while augustine, took a platonic path, considering plotinus as his mentor both delved deeply into the concept of ethics dichotomy, the human nature, and the human’s ability to know, and to do, the good. Select works and studies on plotinus (10 vols) this image is for illustration only the product is a download neoplatonism influenced many great thinkers, including augustine of hippo, boethius, thomas aquinas, moses compare the enneads’ greek text and english translations, scrolling side by side in sync logos applies the most.
My view is that even though augustine read plotinus and porphyry rather than plato, his version of platonism is actually much closer to plato himself than it is to plotinus and porphyry so knowing the details of plotinus and augustine and the platonists page 5. Plotinus, augustine, aquinas, kwojtyla on person and ego - plotinus, augustine, aquinas, kwojtyla on person and ego abstract: today the connection between person and the i is acknowledged in many respects but not always analyzed. Saint augustine ( 354-430) and saint thomas aquinas (1225-1274) both set out to christianise the greeks the fact that the greeks did not know christianity because their culture preceded christ, did not deter these theologians, who held the doctrines of the ancient greeks in high esteem.