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Augustine's <i>Confessions</i> and Descartes's <i>Discourse</i>

DONALD PHILLIP VERENE

in The New Art of Autobiography

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.003.0003
Augustine's Confessions and Descartes's Discourse

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This chapter examines Saint Augustine's Confessions and Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method in relation to Giambattista Vico's Autobiography. It investigates what light the Confessions might throw on how to understand Vico's project. It also discusses Vico's decision not to mention the Confessions in his own autobiography and his efforts to invent the true art of autobiography against the feigned autobiography of Descartes.

Keywords: autobiography; Giambattista Vico; Saint Augustine; Confessions; Rene Descartes; Discourse on the Method

Chapter.  14590 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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