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By Carl G Vaught

This can be the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and essentially the most influential works within the Christian culture. Vaught deals a brand new interpretation of the thinker as much less Neoplatonic and extra distinctively Christian than such a lot interpreters have concept. during this booklet, he makes a speciality of the main philosophical component of the Confessions and on the way it pertains to the former, extra autobiographical sections. A spouse to the former volumes, which handled Books I-IX, this e-book may be learn both in series with or independently of the others.

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7). The confessions that Augustine is about to make to the community of love to which he has committed himself is complete, not only because it includes what is evil as well as what is good, but also because it includes what he does not know as well as what he knows. What Augustine does not know will prove to be just as important as what he knows, since his ignorance is a window that permits him to move beyond himself to the transforming source of power that manifests itself in the reflective context to which he now turns his attention.

The structure of the journey toward God is a condition for and an image of his earlier experiences; and as he reflects upon this structure, the one who asks nature where God is to be found begins to ask questions about himself. In doing so, he attempts to find a place of access to the one who transcends him infinitely. 9). However, at the more abstract level of philosophical analysis, he also claims that the body and the soul are in him and ready to serve him, one exterior and the other interior. This means that he has both a soul (anima) and a body (corpus), that both principles make him what he is, and that these principles are to be distinguished from one THE NATURE OF MEMORY (BOOK X) 39 another in terms of their distinctive functions.

8). 9). 9). 9). The question that Augustine puts to nature and the beauty with which it responds allow him to hear the voice with which the natural order speaks about the ground of its existence. 9). In doing so, he embraces a dialogical context rather than an argumentative framework, where his gaze is the question that he puts to nature, and where the answer is the beautiful forms that the natural order displays. Augustine already knows that God exists before he turns his gaze toward nature, and the answer that nature gives him about its relation to God points toward God the creator rather than requiring us to make a mediated inference to him.

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