Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine

Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine : A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis

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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.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139086111
  • 9781139086110

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'Byers' well-written study makes a substantial contribution to Augustinian research and deserves a wide reception among scholars.' Tobias Uhle, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Table of contents

1. Perception and the language of the mind; 2. Motivation; 3. Emotions; 4. Preliminary passions; 5. Progress in joy: preliminaries to good emotions; 6. Cognitive therapies; 7. Inspiration.
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