After Augustine: The Meditative Reader and the Text by Brian Stock

By Brian Stock

Augustine of Hippo was once the main prolific and influential author on analyzing among antiquity and the Renaissance, notwithstanding he left no systematic treatise at the topic. His reluctance to synthesize his perspectives on different vital subject matters similar to the sacraments means that he could were skeptical of any try to carry his statements on interpreting right into a formal idea. but Augustine has remained the purpose of connection with which all later writers always go back of their look for the roots of difficulties bearing on examining and interpretation within the West.

Using Augustine because the touchstone, Brian inventory considers the evolution of the meditative reader inside Western analyzing practices from classical occasions to the Renaissance. He appears to the matter of self-knowledge within the analyzing tradition of overdue antiquity; engages the comparable query of moral values and literary adventure within the similar interval; and reconsiders Erich Auerbach's interpretation of historic literary realism.

In next chapters, inventory strikes ahead to the center a long time to discover the angle of medieval Latin authors towards the style of autobiography as a version for self-representation and takes up the matter of examining, writing, and the self in Petrarch. He compares the position of the reader in Augustine's City of God and Thomas More's Utopia, and, in a last vital stream, reframes the matter of ecu cultural identification by way of moving consciousness from the continuity and alter in spoken language to major shifts within the perform of religious, silent studying within the center a while and Renaissance. A richly lucrative mirrored image at the heritage and nature of analyzing, After Augustine gives you to be a centerpiece of discussions in regards to the discovery of the self via literature.

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Finally, it appears that Plotinus was not a successful writer for personal reasons. o read it through once was too much for him, as his eyesight did not serve him well for reading. tention to spelling. " 16 Although I make the suggestion with caution, this description reads like a classic case of dyslexia, possibly one of the earliest. 17 Even if it. is not, the account of Plotinus's psychological limitations admirably serves Porphyry's literary purposes. It was Porphyry who catalogued Plotinus's writings and rearranged them in a fashion that made it difficult to separate the two thinkers' ideas.

This was Augustine. This chapter explores Augustine's contribution to literary ethics. I should make clear at the outset that I do not consider ''Augustine" and "later ancient thought" to be interchangeable categories. Nor do I suggest that Augustine offered the only possible solution to ethical problems in the late ancient period. My aim is to draw attention to the features of his thinking that make him a noteworthy figure in the tradition that links ethics and literature between antiquity and the modern world.

For Cicero, who summed up ancient thinking near the end of the Roman republic, the best sort of person was considered to be an ethically informed orator, that is, someone who applied the lessons of rhetoric through participation in political life. 8), where he spoke in traditional terms of literary and moral education through the study of poetry. 2 However, there were no ancient prototypes for many of the literary types of ethical discussion that appeared in late antiquity in the form of allegory, hagiography, or confession.

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