Chapter

Introduction

Eric Saak

in Creating Augustine

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646388
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646388.003.0001
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This chapter problematizes the interpretation of Augustine and Augustinianism on theoretical and historiographical grounds. It argues that when we seek to understand the Augustine of the past, contemporary interpretations cannot be the basis for the analysis. The problem is one of hermeneutics. Moreover, Augustine created himself in his Confessions, thus making the endeavour to recover Augustine himself fallacious. This makes the interpretation of ‘Augustinianism’ all the more confused, as scholars have used the term to refer to different historical phenomena, including a political Augustinianism. If a late medieval Augustinianism is to be identified, it must be based on the historical understanding of Augustine, which is to be found in the late medieval understandings of the religio Augustini, rather than in what has been seen as the schola Augustiniana moderna. Thus the Introduction sets the stage for the entire work in pointing to a historical understanding of Augustinianism.

Keywords: Augustine; Augustinianism; hermeneutics; political Augustinianism; religio Augustini; schola Augustiniana moderna

Chapter.  8771 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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