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Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions

Karla Pollmann and Mark Vessey


This book takes its cue from Augustine's theory of the liberal arts to explore the larger question of how the Bible became the focus of medieval culture in the West. Augustine himself became increasingly aware that an ambivalent attitude towards knowledge and learning was inherent in Christianity. By facing the intellectual challenge posed by this tension he arrived at a new theory of how to interpret the Bible correctly. One of the topics investigated here is Augustine's changing relationship with the ‘disciplines’ as he moved from an attempt at their Christianisation (in the philosophical di ... More

Keywords: Augustine, liberal arts, Bible, medieval culture, Christianity, disciplines, pedagogy, Cassiciacum, De Doctrina Christiana, Confessions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230044
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karla Pollmann, editor
Professor of Classics, St Andrews University

Mark Vessey, editor
Professor of English, University of British Columbia
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