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4 - Augustine’s Definitions of Virtue

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 January 2024

Katherine Chambers
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University of New England, Australia
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This chapter asks whether Augustine criticised Stoicism and Platonism because he thought that there was something fundamentally flawed about the eudaimonist approach to ethics, or whether he criticised Stoicism and Platonism because he thought that these philosophies had insufficiently understood eudaimonism itself. It finds that the latter explanation is correct: in reaching this conclusion, this chapter establishes that Augustine defined virtue and vice, or sin, from within the eudaimonist tradition, making use of the ideas of love as eros and philia, and of the highest good, or summum bonum.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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