Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography

2015.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews William E. Mann (ed.), Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography, Oxford University Press, 2014, 223pp., $65.00 (hbk),
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2015.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews William E. Mann (ed.), Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography, Oxford University Press, 2014, 223pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199577552. Reviewed by John Rist, The Catholic University of America This is an unusually philosophical — thus very welcome — book about the Confessions. Its aim is to break new ground, and as is normal with such exploration some of the earth turns out to be stony — though in this case the great mass is fertile. For it is surprising (at first sight) if after so many ‘Augustinian’ centuries much new philosophical territory remains to be explored in Augustine’s work, let alone in the Confessions. But that misjudgement arises in no small part from restrictive or reductionist ideas about what counts as philosophical enquiry. Certainly the Confessions is hardly a philosophical textbook, or even a philosophical treatise, but William E.. . .

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