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Augustine (353–430) Augustine was born in Tagaste in AD 354 (in modern day Algeria) during a time when the Romans still ruled North Africa and he died in 430 in Hippo during a Vandal siege 20 years after Alaric sacked Rome. Like Aquinas, he approached philosophy from the position of a Christian apologist, seeking to defend the orthodoxy from attack. Some philosophers demote his contributions to philosophy because of this; nonetheless, his influence in the history of thought and his impact on Catholic Church doctrine is undeniable.

While considering kinds and their relationships seems a commonsensical move, questioning what is the nature of existence 26 A to Z of Philosophy seems either highly appropriate or a completely ludicrous endeavour. But the tradition of analysing being itself is long, beginning with Parmenides (‘nothing can come from nothing’) and the problems he invoked are taken up by Plato and recently gaining attention in the works of Heidegger and Sartre and other Continental philosophers. For Sartre, there are two types of being, the being of entities (things-in-themselves) and the being of consciousnesses (things-for-themselves): human consciousness is essentially a nothingness – pour-soi est rien.

That one should command and another obey is both necessary and expedient. Indeed some things are so divided right from birth, some to rule, some to be ruled. (Aristotle, ‘Politics’, 1254a) But what determines social superiority? Civilization begins when people become political – that is, they belong to a polis: the polis was the Ancient Greek city-state, usually walled, possessing a central acropolis, temple and a form of government decreed by the people. Nature draws man and woman together to form a family, but while the family temporally precedes the formation of clans and then villages, the state, to which a growing community is naturally drawn to form, is logically prior to the existence of the individual – that is, to the civilized individual, whose civil status depends on the existence of a state.

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