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By William E. Mann

This quantity provides fourteen of William E. Mann's essays on 3 famous figures in overdue Patristic and early medieval philosophy: Augustine, Anselm, and Peter Abelard. The essays discover a few of the quandaries, arguments, and theories awarded of their writings. The essays during this quantity supplement these to be present in Mann's God, Modality, and Morality (OUP, 2015). whereas the essays in God, Modality, and Morality are basically essays in philosophical theology, these present in the current quantity are extra assorted. a few nonetheless care for matters in philosophical theology. different essays are aporetic in nature, discussing circumstances of philosophical perplexity, occasionally yet now not continuously leaving the circumstances unresolved.

All the essays demonstrate, without delay or in a roundabout way, the philosophical effect that Augustine has had. His Confessions is a wealthy resource for philosophical puzzlement. person essays learn his reflections at the alleged innocence of babies, which increases questions on cognitive, emotional, and linguistic improvement; his juvenile robbery of pears and its relation to ethical motivation; and his fight with and determination of the matter of evil. One essay provides the rudiments of an Augustinian ethical conception, rooted in his realizing of the Sermon at the Mount. one other essay illustrates the speculation by means of discussing his writings on mendacity. Mann argues that Abelard amplified Augustine's ethical thought by means of emphasizing the an important position that goal performs in wrongdoing.

Augustine bequeathed to Anselm the inspiration of "faith looking understanding." Mann argues that this methodological slogan shapes Anselm's "ontological argument" for God's lifestyles and his efforts to explicate the doctrine of the Trinity.

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