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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688546.001.0001

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Book VIII

Book VIII

Chapter:
(p.12) Book VIII
Source:
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX
Author(s):
P.G. Walsh
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856688546.003.0002

This chapter provides the text and translation of Book VIII of St. Augustine's The City of God, in which Augustine gets to grips with the promised topic of the blessed life after death. It is devoted to a survey of pre-Platonist philosophy, which is divided between the traditions in Italy and in Ionia. After paying dutiful tribute to Socrates as the founder of moral philosophy, Augustine commences his analysis of Plato with a brief biographical survey and with the claim that he was responsible for the threefold division of philosophy into physics, ethics, and logic. It also recounts how Augustine devoted himself to the study of Platonism in the translations of Marius Victorinus, paying particular attention to the writings of the Neoplatonist Plotinus. Augustine reassures fellow Christians that the scriptures can arm them with full knowledge of the creator God and that Platonism provides similar teaching on this issue.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, The City of God, Book VIII, Socrates, moral philosophy, Platonism

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