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The Irrational Augustine$
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Catherine Conybeare

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019926208x.001.0001

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On the Threshold

On the Threshold

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(p.11) 1 On the Threshold
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The Irrational Augustine
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Catherine Conybeare (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019926208x.003.0002

The Cassiciacum dialogues present Augustine in a liminal state. He chose the genre of philosophical dialogue for his first public statements as a would-be Christian to encapsulate that sense of liminality. He uses the relative informality of the genre to open up questions about the relationship of language to reality, underplay his conclusions, and let his readers take the conversation further for themselves.

Keywords:   Augustine, philosophical dialogue, liminal, Cassiciacum

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