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Soliloquies: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 4

Soliloquies: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 4

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Publisher Yale University Press
Year 05/01/2021
Pages 408
Version hardback
Readership level General/trade
ISBN 9780300238549
Categories Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology, Philosophy of religion, Christian theology
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A fresh, new translation of Augustine's fourth work as a Christian convert The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are dialogues that have influenced prominent thinkers from Boethius to Bernard Lonergan. Usually called the Cassiciacum dialogues, these four works are of a high literary and intellectual quality, combining Ciceronian and neo-Platonic philosophy, Roman comedy and Vergilian poetry, and early Christian theology. They are also, arguably, Augustine's most charming works, exhibiting his whimsical levity and ironic wryness. Soliloquies is the fourth work in this tetralogy. Augustine coined the term "soliloquy" to describe this new form of dialogue. Soliloquies, a conversation between Augustine and his reason, fuses the dialogue genre and Roman theater, opening with a search for intellectual and moral self-knowledge before converging on the nature of truth and the question of the soul's immortality. Foley's volume also includes On the Immortality of the Soul, which consists of notes for the unfinished portion of the work.

Soliloquies: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 4

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