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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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Phillip Cary argues that Augustine invented or created the concept of self as an inner space-as space into which one can enter and in which one can find God. This concept of inwardness, says Cary, has worked its way deeply into the intellectual heritage of the West and many Western individuals have experienced themselves as inner selves. After surveying the idea of inwardness in Augustine's predecessors, Cary offers  Read more...
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Cary, Phillip, 1958-
Augustine's invention of the inner self.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(DLC) 99021119
(OCoLC)40912653
Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.; Plotinus; Augustine, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury; Augustin, saint évêque d'Hippone
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Cary
ISBN: 1423756886 9781423756880 128047288X 9781280472886
OCLC Number: 64590139
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 214 p.)
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.
Responsibility: Phillip Cary.

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Phillip Cary argues that Augustine invented or created the concept of self as an inner space-as space into which one can enter and in which one can find God. This concept of inwardness, says Cary, has worked its way deeply into the intellectual heritage of the West and many Western individuals have experienced themselves as inner selves. After surveying the idea of inwardness in Augustine's predecessors, Cary offers a re-examination of Augustine's own writings, making the controversial point that in his early writings Augustine appears to hold that the human soul is quite literally divine. Cary goes on to contend that the crucial Book 7 of the Confessions is not a historical report of Augustine's "conversion" experience, but rather an explanation of his intellectual development over time.

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