Augustines Confessions Essay

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Augustine’s Confession

     Augustine on his own view stole the fruit for the mere enjoyment of the sin and theft that the stealing involved. He says in (II,4)
          “Behold, now let my heart tell you what it
           looked for there, that I should be evil
           without purpose and there should be no
           cause for my evil, but evil itself. Foul
           was the evil, and I loved it.';
Augustine knew that what he was doing at
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At the time of the act he was thinking of how much his actions pleased him. In book six of his confessions Augustine starts to think about the actions he had committed and how they were unlawful, not only in society but also in the world that God created. However as Augustine starts to show remorse for his sins it does not change the fact that he stole the fruit from the tree for the pleasure of sin.
     According to Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics, a self indulgent person is led on by his own choice, since he believes that he should always pursue the pleasures of the moment(1147a). According to Aristotle, and viewing the crime in which Augustine committed, Augustine acted in self - indulgence or vice. Augustine knew that the crime that he was going to commit, the crime of stealing fruit, was indeed wrong and was a sin. He went ahead and committed the crime anyway, and he did it for pleasure. He was caught up in the moment of the act. Nothing else mattered at that time except for the act itself and the enjoyment that he was going to gain from it. Aristotle in this case would categorize him as acting in self-indulgence. Whether Augustine knew it or not his actions were pre-meditated, carried out, and enjoyed whether the action was good or bad. This would make his actions actions of vice. Augustine acted without
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