A bit of light reading J

Augustine’s original interpretation of our human condition is that we struggle and fail to do what we want to do and know that we ought to do—the classical problem of weakness of will or akrasia. But typically akrasia is thought of as a special problem which we face from time to time. We recognize akrasia in ourselves—as does Leonteus in the fourth book of Plato’s Republic (439E6–440A3) whose eyes ‘liked’ looking at corpses dangling from a gibbet—and in others; but it is an akrasia which is tied to specific weakness; the man who yearns for vodka, and who tries and fails to limit his vodka-intake, may have no serious difficulty in avoiding over-eating. But concupiscentia, as the later Augustine saw it, is all-pervasive.

Ref: Medievalists.net

Augustine and Free-will.pdf

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