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PHIL 7752 Eudaimonism & Self Understanding in Late Antiquity (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

A careful reading of Augustine's Confessions in the context of other late ancient discussions of motivation, voluntary action, happiness, suffering, and providence. We read the Confessions in conjunction with background texts, the Passion of Perpetua (a third-century account of the martyrdom of Perpetua in Carthage, quoted by Augustine elsewhere in his corpus), Cicero's On Ends, and Seneca's On Providence. The course will make reference to recent secondary discussions of "selfhood" in Augustine and give periodic attention to the material culture of Augustine's lived experience: photos and other information from an N.E.H. research trip to north Africa in 2010.


Instructor(s): Sarah Byers

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13