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Augustine's invention of the inner self : the legacy of a Christian Platonist

Author: Phillip Cary
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"In this book, Phillip Cary argues that Augustine invented the concept of the self as a private inner space - a space into which one can enter and in which one can find God." "Augustine invents the inner self, Cary argues, in order to solve a particular conceptual problem. Augustine is attracted to the Neoplatonist inward turn, which located God within the soul, yet remains loyal to the orthodox Catholic teaching  Read more...
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Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.; Plotinus.; Augustine, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury; Augustin, saint évêque d'Hippone; Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.; Plotinus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Cary
ISBN: 0195132068 9780195132069 019515861X 9780195158618 019513205X 9780195132052
OCLC Number: 40912653
Description: xvii, 214 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The kinship of soul and Platonic form --
Identity from Aristotle to Plotinus --
Augustine reads Plotinus --
Problems of Christina Platonism --
Inward turn and intellectual vision --
Explorations of divine reason --
An abandoned proof --
Change of mind --
Inner privacy and fallen embodiment --
The origin of inner space.
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Phillip Cary argues that Augustine invented the concept of the self as a private inner space - a space into which one can enter and in which one can find God. This study pinpoints what was new about  Read more...

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"...a first-rate study of the influences on the great bishop and the innovations he made to his intellectual/spiritual inheritance."-Theology Today

 
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