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«Entrer en philosophie»

La fonction psychagogique des premiers "Dialogues" d’Augustin

«Entrer en philosophie». La fonction psychagogique des premiers “Dialogues” d’Augustin represents the first monograph in the French language entirely devoted to Cassiciacum’s “Dialogues”, a transcription of Augustine’s interviews with his familiars in the fall of 386. The “psychagogic function” of these “Dialogues” manifests itself both in the positive elaboration of knowledge and, from a subjective point of view, in the journey – punctuated by doubts or spiritual progress – of the interlocutors whom we see “entering in philosophy” (the expression is Augustine’s own). Rather than separating the study of dialogical “form” from that of philosophical and heuristic intent, the monograph has chosen a different perspective: illuminating from an organic perspective the relationships between “dialogical fact” and “psychagogic function”, and show that these relationships occur at different levels of the text. The ten chapters thus approach scenography; speech distribution patterns, which correspond to specific truth access patterns; trading rules; the art of disputatio; margins of interviews. The last chapters also represent a contribution to the evolution of the dialogic genre, from classical antiquity to late antiquity.

EAA 212: Paris, Institut d’études augustiniennes, 2023
ISBN: 978-2-85121-323-5
492 p., 165 x 250 mm
71€ TTC
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