Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography

Hardcover | June 5, 2013

byMiles Hollingworth

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Saint Augustine of Hippo is a major revisionist treatment of Augustine's life and thought. It has long been assumed - and not without good reason - that the main lines of Augustine's leading ideas have been more or less fixed since his death. That insofar as we should be aware of him in thetwenty-first century, he is a figure described by his times. In a stimulating and provocative reinterpretation of Augustine's ideas and their position in the Western intellectual tradition, Miles Hollingworth's work carefully positions itself vis-a-vis the latest scholarship, drawing its inspirationfrom the actual narrative of Augustine's life. And by this means it returns a cardinal but long-neglected fact to the centre of Augustinian studies: the fact that there is a direct line from Augustine's own early experiences of life to his later commentaries on it. That his new Christianity did notobliterate what had gone before in blunt assaults of dogma and doctrine but actually caught a subtle and reflective mind at the point when it was despairing of finding the truth. Christianity vindicated a disquiet that Augustine had been feeling all along: he felt that it alone had spoken to his serious rage about man, abandoned to the world and dislocated from all real understanding by haunting glimpses of the Divine. This book is radical enough to be considered a major newtreatment of Augustine on all fronts; it achieves its purpose by privileging a genuinely neglected element in his writings and in so doing it introduces us to Augustine as he emerges from the unique circumstances of his life, yet uncovering the ironies and inconsistencies that we might just as wellfind in our own lives.

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Saint Augustine of Hippo is a major revisionist treatment of Augustine's life and thought. It has long been assumed - and not without good reason - that the main lines of Augustine's leading ideas have been more or less fixed since his death. That insofar as we should be aware of him in thetwenty-first century, he is a figure described...

Miles Hollingworth is Visiting Research Fellow at St. John's College, Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Saint Augustine's Intellectual Milieu1. Augustine's Father and Mother2. Reflections on Infancy3. Boyhood4. Traumas of Initiation into the Early Church5. Reflections on the Human Propensity to Sin6. Shallow Days at Carthage7. Cicero and a Sense of Purpose8. Salvation Conceived along Old Lines9. Presumption and Contrition10. The Neo Platonists and St. Paul11. Conversion12. Death and Resurrection13. First Works from the New Perspective14. The Logic of Scripture in the Life of One Man15. From the Mouth of God's Truth16. The Purpose of Human Endeavour17. Epilogue: Augustinianism