On the Happy Life

St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 2

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Michael P. Foley
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , June
     2019.
     232 pages.
     $18.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780300238587.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

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 “Cassiciacum dialogues,” which have influenced prominent thinkers from Boethius to Bernard Lonergan. In this second, brief dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his mother, brother, son, and friends celebrate his thirty-second birthday by having a “feast of words” on the nature of happiness. They conclude that the truly happy life consists of “having God” through faith, hope, and charity.

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

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.

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