Augustine's Inner Dialogue: The Philosophical Soliloquy in by Brian Stock

By Brian Stock

Augustine's philosophy of existence contains mediation, reviewing one's prior and routines for self-improvement. Centuries after Plato and prior to Freud he invented a 'spiritual workout' during which each guy and girl is in a position, via reminiscence, to reconstruct and reinterpret life's goals. Brian inventory examines Augustine's special manner of mixing literary and philosophical subject matters. He proposes a brand new interpretation of Augustine's early writings, developing how the philosophical soliloquy (soliloquium) has emerged as a method of inquiry and the way it pertains to difficulties of self-existence and self-history. The booklet additionally presents transparent research of internal discussion and discourse and the way, as internal discussion enhances and eventually replaces outer discussion, a mode of pondering emerges, bobbing up from historical resources and a non secular perspective indebted to Judeo-Christian culture.

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They are the results of successive self-examinations, in which sketches of himself are taken up and rejected by him as he searches for an enduring expression of the divine image; that 10 The unchanging Augustine plays the rôle of omniscient author, and it is he who effectively pulls the strings in the dialogues, inasmuch as he has in mind many of the answers he is looking for. 22 Augustine’s Inner Dialogue is, a permanent, unchanging self, for whose existence the human voice representing his reason is an important clue.

L. Brunschvicg, 5th edn (Paris, 1909), no. ; cf. Étienne Gilson, The Christian Philosophy of St. Augustine, trans. L. E. M. Lynch (New York, 1960), pp. 236. 18 Toward inner dialogue 19 solution is acceptable if the source of the digressions is compositional rather than philosophical, for example, in the staging of the dialogues, when Augustine or one of his students simply changes the subject under consideration. But other weaknesses cannot be accounted for in this way, those for example in book two of Contra Academicos, which clearly result from failures in logic.

189–214 (on oral psychological techniques). Other studies of this dimension of ancient thought include Ilsetraut Hadot, Seneca und die griechisch-römische Tradition der Seelenleitung (Berlin, 1969); Heinz Gerd Ingenkamp, Plutarchs Schriften über die Heilung der Seele (Göttingen, 1971), pp. 99–124; R. B. Rutherford, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: A Study (Oxford, 1989), esp. pp. 8–21; André-Jean Voelke, La philosophie comme thérapie de l’ âme (Paris, 1993); and from a different viewpoint, Pedro Laín Entralgo, The Therapy of the Word in Classical Antiquity, trans.

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