The Influence of Plato Upon St. Augustine Especially in the De Civitate Dei
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Carlson, Mary Clarice S.L.
Classics , Catholicism
Saint Augustine stands foremost among the world’s great philosophers. It is in his writings that Patristic philosophy attained the zenith of its course. He synthesized the best elements of pagan philosophy into his system of Christian thought with such sublimity of logic and language that he is forever distinguished among the philosophers of Christian times, as the Plato of Christianity. |It was my good fortune to make the acquaintance of Augustine in the De Civitate Dei, a work which has had incalculable influence upon many channels of subsequent thought. The frequent mention of the name, Plato, and the lavish praise bestowed upon the Platonists in the City of God gave rise to the question, "Was Augustine in anyway influenced by Plato?"
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