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God, Belief, and Perplexity
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God, Belief, and Perplexity

William E. Mann


This volume is a collection of fourteen of William E. Mann’s essays in the philosophical interpretation of the writings of Augustine, Anselm, and Peter Abelard. Directly or indirectly, Augustine sets the agenda for all of these essays. His Confessions records several episodes of philosophical perplexity that Mann examines here: whether infants are as innocent as they seem; whether one can sin in a dream (and not just dream of sinning); whether one can sin just for the sake of doing something wrong; why people enjoy theatrical tragedies that leave them sad; how evil can arise in a world governe ... More

Keywords: Augustine, Anselm, Peter Abelard, perplexity, ethics, intentionalism, lying, ontological argument, Trinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Mann, author
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, University of Vermont