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Œuvres de saint Augustin, BA 4/3

Contre les Académiciens

par Anne-Isabelle Bouton-Touboulic

The first surviving work of Saint Augustine, the Against the Academicians opens the Philosophical Dialogues of Cassiciacum, composed at the end of 386. Its main subject is the question of knowledge, dealt with by refuting the ’Academicians’, the supporters of the New Academy who intended to propose a sceptical interpretation of Platonism. This dialogue is an exceptional testimony to the state of mind of the young Augustine, recently converted and marked by the influence of Neoplatonism, as well as a key to his forthcoming intellectual and doctrinal project. It also illustrates the critical reception of Cicero, one of the most famous defenders of the Academicians, making this work not only an important moment in Roman philosophy, but also an essential milestone in the history of ancient scepticism and beyond.

Volume 4/3 of the ’Bibliothèque augustinienne’ offers a new translation, based on a revised Latin text, of the three books of the Against the Academicians. It includes an introduction that sheds light on the historical and philological, literary and philosophical context, and a commentary in the form of supplementary and infrapaginal notes. It is intended for readers of Augustine, as well as for all those interested in ancient philosophy and literature.

Anne-Isabelle Bouton-Touboulic received, for this book, the "Georges Perrot" prize, awarded by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Institut de France), and which is awarded to a work relating to the study of Latin language and literature, or Roman archaeology.

BA 4/3: Paris, Institut d’études augustiniennes, 2022
ISBN: 978-2-85121-316-7
660 p., 115 x 165 mm
64€ TTC

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