Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions

Paperback | September 15, 2007

EditorKarla Pollmann, Mark Vessey

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Augustine and the Disciplines takes its cue from Augustine's theory of the liberal arts to explore the larger question of how the Bible became the focus of medieval culture in the West. Augustine himself became increasingly aware that an ambivalent attitude towards knowledge and learning wasinherent in Christianity. By facing the intellectual challenge posed by this tension he arrived at a new theory of how to interpret the Bible correctly. The topics investigated here include: Augustine's changing relationship with the 'disciplines', as he moved from an attempt at theirChristianization (in the philosophical dialogues of Cassiciacum) to a radical reshaping of them within a Christian world-view (in the De Doctrina Christiana and Confessiones); the factors that prompted and facilitated his change of perspective; and the ways in which Augustine's evolving theoryreflected contemporary trends in Christian pedagogy.

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Augustine and the Disciplines takes its cue from Augustine's theory of the liberal arts to explore the larger question of how the Bible became the focus of medieval culture in the West. Augustine himself became increasingly aware that an ambivalent attitude towards knowledge and learning wasinherent in Christianity. By facing the inte...

Karla Polmann is Professor of Classics, St Andrews University. Mark Vessey is Professor of English, University of British Columbia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Mark Vessey: IntroductionI. Honesta studia: classrooms without walls2. Neil McLynn: Disciplines of discipleship in late antique education: Augustine and Gregory Nazianzen3. Catherine Conybeare: The duty of a teacher: liminality and disciplina in Augustine's De OrdineII. Disciplinarum libri: the canon in question4. Danuta R. Shanzer: Augustine's disciplines: silent diutius Musae Varronis?5. William E. Klingshirn: Divination and the disciplines of knowledge according to Augustine6. Philip Burton: The vocabulary of the liberal arts in Augustine's ConfessionsIII. Doctrina Christiana: beyond the disciplines7. Catherine M. Chin: The grammarian's spoils: De Doctrina Christiana and the contexts of literary education8. Stefan Hessbruggen-Walter: Augustine's critique of dialectic: between Ambrose and the Arians9. Karla Pollmann: Augustine's hermeneutics as a universal discipline?