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The Cambridge companion to Augustine
Stump, Eleonore, 1947-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xv, 307 pages ; 23 cm
Augustine: his time and lives / James J. O'Donnell -- Faith and reason / John Rist -- Augustine on evil and original sin / William E. Mann -- Predestination, pelagianism, and foreknowledge / James Wetzel -- Biblical interpretation / Thomas Williams -- The divine nature / Scott MacDonald -- De Trinitate / Mary T. Clark -- Time and creation in Augustine / Simo Knuuttila -- Augustine's theory of soul / Roland Teske -- Augustine on free will / Eleonore Stump -- Augustine's philosophy of memory / Roland Teske -- The response to skepticism and the mechanisms of cognition / Gerard O'Daly -- Knowledge and illumination / Gareth B. Matthews -- Augustine's philosophy of language / Christopher Kirwan -- Augustine's ethics / Bonnie Kent -- Augustine's political philosophy / Paul Weithman -- Augustine and medieval philosophy / M.W.F. Stone -- Post-medieval Augustinianism / Gareth B. Matthews.

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It is hard to overestimate the importance of the work of Augustine of Hippo and its influence, both in his own period and in the subsequent history of Western philosophy. Many of his views, including his theory of the just war, his account of time and eternity, his attempted resolution of the problem of evil, and his approach to the relation of faith and reason, have continued to be influential up to the present. In this volume of specially-commissioned essays, sixteen scholars provide a wide-ranging and stimulating contribution to our understanding of Augustine.

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"Augustine's thought is so rich and the scholarship on it is so diverse," avows Eleonore Stump, "that capturing it adequately in one short volume is not possible." Nonetheless, she and her late coeditor have assembled a volume impressive not only for the high quality of its 18 essays by 16 scholars (15 of whom teach at North American and British universities and colleges, and one, at the Univ. of Helsinki), but also for its range of coverage. An opening sketch of Augustine and his time is followed by three essays on his philosophy of religion; one on his biblical exegesis; three on his metaphysics and theology; three on his philosophy of mind; two on his theory of knowledge; three devoted to his philosophy of language, ethics, and political philosophy; and two on his later influence in medieval and postmedieval philosophy. As is typical with companions, this work synthesizes and assesses previous findings rather than breaking new ground. For example, despite observing that Augustine's letters and sermons, constituting 45 percent of his surviving works, "have received far too little attention for their literary and philosophical content," the letters and sermons go unexamined here. Still, no university or college library with serious holdings in religious or humanistic studies should be without this book. E. J. Ziolkowski Lafayette College

Table of Contents

Introduction Eleonore Stump
1 Augustine: his time and livesJames J. OÆDonnell
2 Faith and reasonJohn Rist
3 Augustine on evil and originalsin William Mann
4 Predestination, pelagianism and foreknowledgeJames Wetzel
5 Biblical interpretationThomas Williams
6 The divine natureScott MacDonald
7 De TrinitateMary T. Clark
8 Time and creation in AugustineSimo Knuuttila
9 AugustineÆs theory of soulRoland Teske
10 Augustine on free willEleonore Stump
11 AugustineÆs philosophy of memoryRoland Teske
12 The response to skepticism and the mechanisms of cognitionGerard OÆDaly
13 Knowledge and illuminationGareth Matthews
14 AugustineÆs philosophy of languageChristopher Kirwan
15 AugustineÆs ethicsBonnie Kent
16 AugustineÆs political philosophyPaul Weithman
17 Augustine and medieval philosophyMartin Stone
18 Post-medieval AugustinianismGareth Matthews