Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

Augustine’s Confessions is a difficult book. For many readers, there are too many prayers, too much self-flagellation, and too much philosophy. What other book begins by praising the greatness of God and by calling our attention to the mortality that reflects our separation from him...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-19

This book is a detailed analysis of the first six Books of Augustine’s Confessions, and it comes to focus on two central themes: the first is the relation between God and the soul, and the second is the language we must learn to speak to deal with this relation appropriately. At a time when philosophy and...

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1 Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence

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pp. 21-65

Augustine’s Confessions exhibits an interplay between two competing dimensions: on the one hand, the dynamism of creation and a desire to return to his origins motivates his inquiry; on the other hand, a radical discontinuity separates him from God and makes his longing for peace problematic. A...

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2 The Philosophical Turn

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pp. 67-114

Augustine continues to explore the relation between God and the soul and to develop a way of speaking that is appropriate to it by describing seven stages of experiential and reflective development, some of which make his separation from God more painful than before. These stages occur when he...

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3 Manichaeism, Skepticism, and Christianity (Books V–VI)

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pp. 115-154

As our account of the temporal, spatial, and eternal dimensions of Augustine’s development continues to unfold, the relation between God and the soul and the language that permits us to speak about it are once again our central themes. This chapter focuses on the first of these themes...

Notes

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pp. 155-176

Bibliography

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pp. 177-185

Index

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pp. 187-193