Augustine the Reader: Meditation, Self-Knowledge, and the Ethics of Interpretation


Augustine of Hippo, a central figure in the history of western thought, is also the author of a theory of reading that has had a profound influence on western letters from the ages of Petrarch, Montaigne, Luther and Rousseau to that of Freud and our own time. Brian Stock provides the first full account of this theory within the evolution of Augustine's early dialogues, his Confessions, and his systematic treatises. Augustine was convinced that words and images play a mediating role in our perceptions of reality. In the ...

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