St Augustine: Improve Your Essay Technique

Augustine’s view of human nature is deeply pessimistic as he outlines how, after the Fall, human nature is corrupt as we became driven by bodily desires (libido). He argued that we have no control over our divided will (akrasia) as human nature becomes dominated by appetitive aspects. His pessimism surrounding the appetitive part of our nature can be strengthened by Plato’s charioteer analogy, as he argued that the appetitive part to the soul is like a dark, unruly horse, seeking to corrupt the body, and this exemplifies how Augustine isn’t entirely wrong to put forward such a pessimistic idea of human nature. However, Plato can also be used to weaken Augustine’s pessimistic views, as he illustrated how reason is able to rule over the appetitive parts, and this could be where Augustine would disagree. His pessimistic view of human nature seems to suggest that reason cannot rule over appetitive desires, and Plato’s philosophy can therefore not be used to strengthen Augustine’s pessimistic view of human nature.

One thought on “St Augustine: Improve Your Essay Technique

  1. user

    Could have used a another point of view to argue against their line of argument to make their introduction stronger.

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