New PDF release: Augustine and the cure of souls : revising a classical ideal

By Kolbet, Paul R.; Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

ISBN-10: 0268033218

ISBN-13: 9780268033217

Augustine and the therapy of Souls situates Augustine in the historic philosophical culture of utilizing phrases to reserve feelings. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's concept, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his ultimate acts as bishop, revealing a guy deeply indebted to the Roman previous and but surprisingly Christian. instead of supplanting his classical studying, Augustine's Christianity reinvigorated accurately these parts of Roman knowledge that he believed have been slipping into decadence. particularly, Kolbet addresses the way within which Augustine not just used classical rhetorical thought to precise his theological imaginative and prescient, but in addition infused it with theological content.

This ebook deals a clean examining of Augustine's writings--particularly his various, even though usually missed, sermons--and offers an obtainable element of access into the good North African bishop's existence and thought.

"For somebody who doesn't understand Augustine good this booklet should be a great creation to his proposal from a completely an important point of view. Augustine's preaching, educating, and makes an attempt to arrive the minds and hearts of his congregation were principally missed. This ebook has the nice advantage of demonstrating why those have been important." --Carol Harrison, Durham University

"In this insightful and lucid examine Kolbet leads his readers around the obstacles of historic philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and theology. He examines the traditional perform of the 'cure of the soul' and charts its Christian appropriation through Augustine. the quantity bargains its personal medicinal promise--the reordering of our modern knowing of early Christianity and its complicated organization with classical culture." --John Peter Kenney, St. Michael's College


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His engagement with classical traditions of philosophical therapy influenced both his early rhetorical career and his philosophical leisure at Cassiciacum. Rather than receding into the background, in his Christian preaching such traditions became more manifest, even as he transformed them in the process. 61 The available sources themselves present the researcher with at least the following formidable obstacles. First, in determining the extent to Kolbet-00intro_Layout 1 10/6/09 11:20 PM Page 14 14 Introduction which classical traditions of philosophical therapy inform Augustine’s works, it is necessary to discern clearly how they were transmitted to him.

17 A trained speaker could employ such skills to any desired end. If, under the sway of oratory, a fly or a fever could be made to appear attractive, how much more so could it affect the outcome of legal cases or civic decisions? 18 Rhetorical training could also be put in the ser vice of philosophy. 19 He presented himself as a physician who brought with him medicine truly curative of the soul and productive of the moral good. 20 While traveling he admonished crowds and told them that they were foolish in the sense that they neither did any of the things that they should do — such as liberating their souls by living more virtuous and better lives— nor did they rid themselves of such evils as ignorance and confusion of mind.

Plato notes that his prisoners’ eyes are fully functional. They have only Kolbet-01_Layout 1 10/6/09 11:17 PM Page 35 Classical Therapy: Its Origins, Tasks, and Methods 35 become too accustomed to darkness to tolerate sudden daylight. 123 If Plato is right that the initial form of dark ignorance to be overcome has more to do with what one presumes to know than with what one does not know, then there is first of all the need for an exercise in selfscrutiny that reveals one’s ignorance of self. ”126 In this process, the professed beliefs of Socrates’ interlocutors are used as evidence that reveals upon examination the real beliefs that inform their judgments.

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