The Conversion and Therapy of Desire

Augustine's Theology of Desire in the Cassiciacum Dialogues

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Mark J. Boone
  • Cambridge, England: 
    James Clarke Company
    , October
     202 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jennifer Ebbeler forthcoming.


The first fruits of the literary career of St Augustine, the great theologian and Christian philosopher par excellence, are the dialogues he wrote at Cassiciacum in Italy following his famous conversion in Milan in AD 386. These four little books, largely neglected by scholars, take up the ancient philosophical project of identifying the principles and practices that heal human desires in order to attain happiness, renewing this philosophical endeavour with insights from Christian theology. Augustine's later books, such as the Confessions, would continue this project of healing desire, as would the writings of others including Boethius, Anselm, and Aquinas. Mark J. Boone's The Conversion and Therapy of Desire investigates the roots of this project at Cassiciacum, where Augustine is developing a Christian theology of desire, informed by Neoplatonism but transformed by Christian teaching and practices.

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

Mark J. Boone is assistant professor of philosophy at Forman Christian College. He is also an occasional book reviewer, a blog writer and the author of several articles on philosophy and religion.

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