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The Mysticism of Saint Augustine : Re-Reading the Confessions - John Peter Kenney

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine

Re-Reading the Confessions

Hardcover Published: 18th April 2005
ISBN: 9780415288323
Number Of Pages: 160

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Augustine's vision at Ostia is one of the most influential accounts of mystical experience in the Western tradition, and a subject of persistent interest to Christians, philosophers and historians.
This book explores Augustine's account of his experience as set down in the Confessions and considers his mysticism in relation to his classical Platonist philosophy. John Peter Kenney argues that while the Christian contemplative mysticism created by Augustine is in many ways founded on Platonic thought, Platonism ultimately fails Augustine in that it cannot retain the truths that it anticipates. The Confessions offer a response to this impasse by generating two critical ideas in medieval and modern religious thought: firstly, the conception of contemplation as a purely epistemic event, in contrast to classical Platonism; secondly, the tenet that salvation is absolutely distinct from enlightenment.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Flight to the alonep. 15
The root of the soulp. 17
A long life stretched outp. 27
A kind of restp. 36
Vision at Ostiap. 47
Books of the Platonistsp. 49
A trembling glancep. 61
The presence of truthp. 73
A living soul of the faithfulp. 87
A home of blissp. 89
Total concentration of the heartp. 110
Snatched up to Paradisep. 129
Conclusionp. 146
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9780415288323
ISBN-10: 0415288320
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 18th April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.2  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1