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PHIL 7701 Augustine (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Topics in Augustine's epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics c. 395-420, focusing on his reception of earlier philosophical problems and claims, the syntheses he forges from these earlier positions, and his developments away from them. (By "developments" I mean preservation of core principles, with some disagreement about applications and creative elaboration of new implications and applications.) Projected primary readings: Augustine's On the Trinity books 8-15, Confessions, Replies to Simplicianus, Usefulness of Belief, City of God, Literal Meaning of Genesis; Cicero's Tusculan Disputations, On Ends, Academica; Seneca's On Providence, On Anger; some Enneads of Plotinus.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Byers

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13