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The Interrogation of Reason

Catherine Conybeare

in The Irrational Augustine

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199262083
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926208x.003.0006

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Interrogation of Reason

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The anomalous dialogue, the Soliloquia, was also composed at Cassiciacum, and must be read alongside the others. While it lacks the paralinguistic potential of stage-setting, it is of particular interest as it portrays Augustine in conversation with his own ratio, or reason. This chapter explores the way in which these two are characterized, and their treatment of topics as they discuss ‘God and the soul’. It also looks at how the ratio of the liberal disciplines might relate to the personified ratio of the Soliloquia.

Keywords: Augustine; Soliloquia; ratio; reason; God; soul

Chapter.  14411 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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