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5 - Augustine’s Place within the Eudaimonist Tradition

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 turns to Augustine’s account of his own Christian conversion in Confessions. It offers a new account of what Augustine thought it meant to be a Christian – in particular, this chapter finds that the idea of God as the saviour of sinners (and therefore the giver of virtue) stood at the heart of Augustine’s conception of Christianity. This finding allows this chapter to show that Augustine’s intellectual and moral conversion coincided in the garden in Milan and also that Augustine made his criticisms of Manicheanism and Platonism from within the eudaimonist tradition.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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