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Recollection and Virtue: <i>De magistro</i> and <i>De musica</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/9780199643028.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Recollection and Virtue: De magistro and De musica

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De magistro and De musica in different ways argue for the central role of memory in the soul’s relation to God. The first text is concerned with dialectic as a mode of presence, while the second passes with great complexity through sensible reality to intelligible objects in the study of number. In De musica VI, Augustine develops a twofold sense of memory, pertaining to the sensible and the intelligible. More strongly than for Plotinus, this twofold sense has a moral character: there is no indication that sensible memory is negative, but rather must be incorporated into the life of the virtues according to the higher truth.

Keywords: magistro; musica; memory; recollection; number; teacher; multiplicity; prudence

Chapter.  9410 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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