Augustine and Wiggenstein

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John Doody, Alexander B. Eodice, Kim Paffenroth
Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , September
     216 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Brandon Morgan forthcoming.


This collection examines the relationship between Augustine and Wittgenstein and demonstrates the deep affinity they share, not only for the substantive issues they treat but also for the style of philosophizing they employ. Wittgenstein saw certain salient Augustinian approaches to concepts like language-learning, will, memory, and time as prompts for his own philosophical explorations, and he found great inspiration in Augustine’s highly personalized and interlocutory style of writing philosophy. Each in his own way, in an effort to understand human experience more fully, adopts a mode of philosophizing that involves questioning, recognizing confusions, and confronting doubts. Beyond its bearing on such topics as language, meaning, knowledge, and will, their analysis extends to the nature of religious belief and its fundamental place in human experience. The essays collected here consider a broad range of themes, from issues regarding teaching, linguistic meaning, and self-understanding to miracles, ritual, and religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John Doody is Professor of Philosophy and Robert M. Birmingham Chair in Humanities at Villanova University.

Alexander R. Eodice is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Iona College.

Kim Paffenroth is Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of the Honors Program at Iona College.

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