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Augustine's Inner Dialogue
The Philosophical Soliloquy in Late Antiquity

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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190312

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  • Augustine's philosophy of life involves mediation, reviewing one's past and exercises for self-improvement. Centuries after Plato and before Freud he invented a 'spiritual exercise' in which every man and woman is able, through memory, to reconstruct and reinterpret life's aims. In this 2010 book, Brian Stock examines Augustine's unique way of blending literary and philosophical themes. He proposes a new interpretation of Augustine's early writings, establishing how the philosophical soliloquy (soliloquium) has emerged as a mode of inquiry and how it relates to problems of self-existence and self-history. The book also provides clear analysis of inner dialogue and discourse, and how, as inner dialogue complements and finally replaces outer dialogue, a style of thinking emerges, arising from ancient sources and a religious attitude indebted to Judeo-Christian tradition.

    • Provides an introduction to the early writings of Augustine of Hippo, with a clear examination of the central works
    • Describes the philosophical soliloquy, indicating its importance as a new literary genre in the ancient world
    • Outlines Augustine's philosophy in ancient and Christian terms
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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190312
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Chronology
    Introduction
    1. Toward inner dialogue
    2. Soliloquy and self-existence
    3. Order and freedom
    4. Narrative
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Brian Stock, University of Toronto
    Brian Stock is Emeritus Professor of History and Literature at the University of Toronto. His previous publications include The Implications of Literacy (1981), Augustine the Reader (1996) and Bibliothèques intérieures (2005).

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