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The Cassiciacum Dialogues: <i>Contra Academicos, Beata vita</i>, and <i>De ordine</i>

Paige E. Hochschild

in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643028.003.0006

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Cassiciacum Dialogues: Contra Academicos, Beata vita, and De ordine

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This chapter looks at the ‘Cassiciacum Dialogues’, initiating the monograph’s textual study of Augustine’s own works with an eye to particular treatments of memory and sense perception. Augustine explicitly notes that memory is a key epistemological issue, but he artfully defers a more detailed consideration of the topic. Much in the tradition of Plato, the question of memory first arises as an issue of dialectic, concerning the unity between soul and body in the process of knowledge, and in recognizing order in the cosmos.

Keywords: Cassiciacum; memory; scepticism; truth; knowledge; order; unity; Augustine; liberal arts

Chapter.  8198 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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