Happiness and Wisdom
Augustine's Early Theology of Education
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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A number of fellow Augustinian scholars offered advice, friendship, and good conversation over the duration of this writing, among whom I would like to thank the following...
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As in many other subjects, St. Augustine did much to lay the foundations for the way the West subsequently thought about education, about the nature of humanity, and about how man can be cultivated so as to achieve his end...
1. Liberal Education prior to St. Augustine
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On June 17, 362, the Emperor Julian promulgated an edict that forbade Christian professors to teach classical literature in the schools throughout the empire.1 If Julian was to succeed in reviving the spirit and the institutions of pagan...
2. Education in Augustine’s Moral Theology
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If I am to succeed at demonstrating how the purposes for liberal education are established within the context of Augustine’s early moral theology, then some preliminary account of that theology is in order. From the start to the last Augustine...
3. The Perils of Skepticism
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Augustine was aware of objections to the idea of educational progress, and nowhere more acutely than in his treatment of academic skepticism. Here the refutation of the New Academy1...
4. The Liberal Arts Curriculum
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What does Augustine’s curriculum tell us about the purpose of liberal education? A curriculum, whether this is constituted by texts, the study of concepts, or a sequence of activities, is necessarily finite. The boundaries we draw around a curriculum define how much time a student will devote to mathematics...
5. Pedagogy and Liberal Learning
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The final purpose of education for Augustine is happiness in God. What further purposes for education can we discern through his discussions on pedagogy? In his early writings Augustine devotes no single text to pedagogy...
6. Authority and Illumination
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In what ways are the purposes for liberal education made manifest in Augustine’s other discussions of epistemology and ethics? Having situated Augustine’s educational thought within the context of his moral theology (chapter 2), having examined...
7. The Purposes of Liberal Education
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We began with Augustine’s observation that just as no one lacking what he wants can be happy, so also not everyone who has what he wants is happy either. For Augustine, like Cicero, Plato, and Aristotle, moral philosophy is born of the double desire to know what good we should want...
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Publication Year: 2012