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Augustine via Tillich on truth and ultimacy

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“There were people whom Augustine met who said: Why truth at all? Truth as such is not necessary. Why not stick to probabilities? Why not restrict oneself to pragmatic answers, answers which work? Augustine replied that this was not sufficient, because it leads to a complete emptiness of life. Without something unconditional or ultimate, the preliminary meanings lose their significance.”
— Paul Tillich on Augustine

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Written by Alex

May 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

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  1. Nice blog. 🙂

    On the Augustine quote – Two thoughts occur: 1) Would certain basic beliefs (I exist… I am currently having experience X…) count here? If so, Augustine’s comment seems less profound than on first consideration. 2) What about aesthetic judgements? I consider all knowledge (except trivial beliefs like the ones mentioned above) as provisional/probabilistic, but I can still have an unconditional love of Picasso’s Guernica (as the exact nature of the artist/art is irrelevant).

    Matt M

    June 21, 2010 at 11:37 am


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