Other available formats:
Looking for an examination copy?
This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the course you are teaching.
This book argues that Augustine assimilated the Stoic theory of perception into his theories of motivation, affectivity, therapy for the passions, and moral progress. Using his sermons to elucidate his treatises, Sarah Catherine Byers demonstrates how Augustine enriched Stoic cognitivism with Platonism to develop a fuller and coherent theory of action. That theory underlies his account of moral development, including his account of the mind's reception of grace. By analyzing Augustine's engagement with Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Origen, and Philo of Alexandria, Byers sheds new light on a major thinker of the early Christian world whose work is of critical importance for understanding key and recurring themes in Western philosophy.Read more
- First study to show that a Stoic account of perception and mental language underlies Augustine's moral psychology
- First study to resolve interpretative puzzles about famous passages in Augustine's major works by using his more than 500 sermons and commentaries on the psalms
- Resolves the debate about the chronological development of Augustine's theory of grace
Reviews & endorsements
"Byers’ well-written study makes a substantial contribution to Augustinian research and deserves a wide reception among scholars."
Tobias Uhle, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Be the first to review this book
- Date Published: November 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107017948
- length: 262 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Perception and the language of the mind
4. Preliminary passions
5. Progress in joy: preliminaries to good emotions
6. Cognitive therapies
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×