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The Irrational Augustine

Catherine Conybeare

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199262083
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926208x.001.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Irrational Augustine

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This book explores the earliest works of St. Augustine to discover the anti-dogmatic Augustine, one who gives questioning, uncertainty, and human limitations their due role in his theology. These early works are considered performances, through which multiple questions can be raised and multiple options explored, both in words and through their dramatic framework. It is shown that the very idiosyncrasy of Augustine’s arguments and his manner of pursuing them are of immense significance, which suggests possibilities for interpretation of the more idiosyncratic riches in his later works. The book is divided into three parts. Part I analyzes Augustine’s use of the genre of philosophical dialogue, why he may have chosen the genre, and what he achieves with it. Part II discusses the roles played by Augustine’s mother. Part III focuses on the dialogue, the Soliloquia.

Keywords: Augustine; philosophical dialogue; mother; Soliloquia; Cassiciacum; De Ordine

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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Introduction in The Irrational Augustine

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On the Threshold in The Irrational Augustine

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<i>A Christian Theatre</i> in The Irrational Augustine

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<i>Theology for Lunch</i> in The Irrational Augustine

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A Really Liberal Education in The Irrational Augustine

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The Interrogation of Reason in The Irrational Augustine

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<i>Epilogue Exploiting Potential</i> in The Irrational Augustine

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Note on Method in The Irrational Augustine

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