Augustine and Philosophy by Phillip Cary, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth (eds.)

By Phillip Cary, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth (eds.)

Individuals: Johannes Brachtendorf, John D. Caputo, Jesse Couenhoven, Alexander R. Eodice, Wayne J. Hankey, John Peter Kenney, Paul A. Macdonald Jr, Gareth B. Matthews, Roland J. Teske, Frederick Van Fleteren, James Wetzel

Augustine of Hippo used to be a thinker in addition to theologian, bishop and saint. He aimed to perform philosophy no longer easily as a tutorial self-discipline yet as a love for divine knowledge pervading every thing in his lifestyles and paintings. To inquire into Augustine and philosophy is therefore to get to the center of his matters as a Christian author and discover many of the purposes for his huge impact on Western suggestion. This quantity, containing essays via prime Augustine students, encompasses a number of inquiries into Augustine's philosophy in idea and perform, in addition to his relation to philosophers sooner than and after him. It opens up quite a few views into the guts of Augustine's inspiration.
He often reminds his readers, "philosophy" skill love of knowledge, and in that experience he expects that each helpful impulse in human lifestyles may have whatever philosophical approximately it, whatever directed towards the attainment of knowledge.

In Augustine's personal writing we discover this expectation positioned into perform in a beautiful number of methods, as keys subject matters of Western philosophy and complicated different types of philosophical argument happen in all places. the gathering of essays during this publication examines quite a few facets of the relation of Augustine and philosophy, either in Augustine's personal perform as a thinker and in his interplay with others. the result's no longer one photograph of the relation of Augustine and philosophy yet many, because the authors of those essays ask many alternative questions about Augustine and his impact, and convey a wide variety of pursuits and services to their activity. therefore the gathering indicates that Augustine's philosophy is still a power and a provocation in a wide selection of settings at the present time.

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What is more: he states that philosophy is not only insufficient for attaining the goal of life; it is not even necessary for it because religious faith can equally fulfill the signposting function of philosophy. While Augustine concedes that it is better if philosophy assumes this task, he insists that if this is not possible—for example, because someone does not possess the required education or is occupied with a common profession such that he does not have the requisite leisure—faith suffices.

Since recognition of the incarnation is the way for us to become humble and open ourselves for God’s grace, faith is required for the healing of the soul. All attempts to become virtuous through one’s own efforts must in principle remain fruitless, and even worse, they give testimony of human pride and haughtiness. To admit one’s inability, to shed tears of confession, this means to take the humility of the divine logos as a model and to become meek oneself. If we humbly admit our inability to attain the good, then, Augustine asserts, God in his grace will bestow on us the strength to change our lives and to live according to our insight.

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