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Augustine and the Cure of Souls situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine’s thought, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian. Rather than supplanting his classical learning, Augustine’s Christianity reinvigorated precisely those elements of Roman wisdom that he believed were slipping into decadence. In particular, Kolbet addresses the manner in which Augustine not only used classical rhetorical theory to express his theological vision, but also infused it with theological content. This book offers a fresh reading of Augustine’s writings—particularly his numerous, though often neglected, sermons—and provides an accessible point of entry into the great North African bishop’s life and thought.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Content s
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgment s
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part One: A Classical Ideal
  2. p. 17
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  1. Chapter 1: Classical Therapy: Its Origins, Tasks, and Methods
  2. pp. 19-40
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  1. Chapter 2: Hellenistic Refinements
  2. pp. 41-61
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  1. Part Two: Revising and Recontextualizing Classical Therapy
  2. p. 63
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  1. Chapter 3: Augustine’s Early Formation
  2. pp. 65-87
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  1. Chapter 4: Christianizing Classical Therapy
  2. pp. 88-117
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  1. Chapter 5: A New Context for Classical Therapy
  2. pp. 118-138
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  1. Chapter 6: Signs Eliciting Love
  2. pp. 139-163
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  1. Part Three: Augustine’s Homiletical Practice
  2. p. 165
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  1. Chapter 7: The Christian Rhetor
  2. pp. 167-197
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  1. Chapter 8: Therapy and Society
  2. pp. 198-209
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 210-309
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 310-337
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 338-342
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268084578
Related ISBN
9780268033217
MARC Record
OCLC
694144533
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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