Augustine on Good and Evil (HDPA only)

Module Level



Continuous Assessments: 100%

Module Aims

  • To look at Augustin's theodic arguments as infuenced by his philosophical precursors and crafted within his Christian faith.
  • To demonstrate the plausibility of Augustine's metaphysucal emplanations of evil as Privatio, Cooruptio, contra naturam, defectio
  • To highlight the existential and religious significance of Augustine's privation account of evil 

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this module: Students should be able to appreciate why believing in the existence of God in the face of evil is better than not believing.
  • They should also be able to intellectually demonstrate that, far from being a proof for the non-existence of God' the reality of evil is a proof of the 'Same'.
  • Above all, after having followed Augustine on the search for a rational explanation of the presence of evil within us and in the world created good by a God who, for Augustine, is omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omniscient, students should, like Augustine, be able to have both a deeper knowledge of and love for God.