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Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine

A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis

Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine by Sarah Catherine Byers
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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.
Cambridge University Press; November 2012
268 pages; ISBN 9781139853965
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Title: Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine
Author: Sarah Catherine Byers
 
ISBNs
1139848054
9781107017948
9781139848053
9781139853965