Against the Academics: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Against the Academics: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1


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A fresh, new translation of Augustine’s inaugural work as a Christian convert

The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the remarkable “Cassiciacum dialogues.” In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism, which Augustine is both sympathetic to and critical of. The dialogue serves as a fitting launching point for a knowledge of God and the soul, the overall subject of the Cassiciacum tetralogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300238556
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Michael P. Foley is associate professor of patristics at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Frank Sheed’s translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Translation Key xv

General Introduction to the Cassiciacum Dialogues xxiii

Against the Academics, or, on the Academics 1

Introduction 3

Book One 13

Book Two 39

Book Three 67

Commentary 115

Time Line: The Probable Chronology of the Cassiciacum Retreat 217

Glossary of Select Names 225

Notes 231

Bibliography 277

Index 301

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