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By Carl G Vaught

ISBN-10: 0791464091

ISBN-13: 9780791464090

ISBN-10: 1423744047

ISBN-13: 9781423744047

This can be the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and some of 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 so much interpreters have proposal. during this ebook, he specializes in 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 booklet will be learn both in series with or independently of the others.

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But does Augustine intend to address this same audience in the first part of the book that focuses on the problem of memory? This section deals with many technical problems that only a philosopher would be likely to appreciate, leading us to wonder whether the discussion of these issues is intended exclusively for members of the Church, or for members of a wider philosophical community. Had Augustine not committed himself so explicitly to the Christian community in the opening paragraphs of Book X, we might be warranted in concluding that his discussion of the nature of memory is addressed to the purely philosophical intellect.

This transition shifts our attention from what he remembers about the earlier stages of his life to the stage of adulthood in which the book itself is written. Yet having made this transition, we find that the relation between unity and separation is not only a serious problem in Augustine’s life and in the relation between God and the soul, but an equally serious problem in what he writes about these issues. One way of dealing with this problem is to turn away from it, permitting the Confessions to become a bifurcated document.

Third, though seeing and hearing are separated in finite contexts, they converge and interpenetrate in the journey toward God. On such occasions, the pilgrim hears and sees voices, just as the Light and the Word are dual aspects of the essence of God. Finally, metaphors of vision point toward a continuity between God and the soul, while analogies of hearing point toward an irreducible discontinuity between them. Even in the final vision of God, unity is not identity, but is the richer community of similarity, likeness, and analogy in which a fundamental difference of essence remains between God and the soul.

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