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The Resource Augustine the reader : meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation, Brian Stock

Augustine the reader : meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation, Brian Stock

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Augustine the reader : meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation
Title
Augustine the reader
Title remainder
meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation
Statement of responsibility
Brian Stock
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Augustine of Hippo, a central figure in the history of western thought, is also the author of a theory of reading that has had a profound influence on western letters from the ages of Petrarch, Montaigne, Luther and Rousseau to that of Freud and our own time. Brian Stock provides the first full account of this theory within the evolution of Augustine's early dialogues, his Confessions, and his systematic treatises." "Augustine was convinced that words and images play a mediating role in our perceptions of reality. In the union of philosophy, psychology, and literary insights that form the basis of his theory of reading, the reader emerges as the dominant model of the reflective self. Meditative reading, indeed the meditative act that constitutes reading itself, becomes the portal to inner being. At the same time, Augustine argues that the self-knowledge that reading brings is, of necessity, limited, since it is faith rather than interpretive reason that can translate reading into forms of understanding." "In making his theory of reading a central concern, Augustine rethinks ancient doctrines about images, memory, emotion, and cognition. In judging what readers gain and do not gain from the sensory and mental understanding of texts, he takes up questions that have reappeared in contemporary thinking. He prefigures, and in ways he teaches us to recognize, our own preoccupations with the phenomenology of reading, the hermeneutics of tradition, and the ethics of interpretation."--Jacket
  • "Augustine of Hippo, a central figure in the history of western thought, is also the author of a theory of reading that has had a profound influence on western letters from the ages of Petrarch, Montaigne, Luther and Rousseau to that of Freud and our own time. Brian Stock provides the first full account of this theory within the evolution of Augustine's early dialogues, his Confessions, and his systematic treatises." "Augustine was convinced that words and images play a mediating role in our perceptions of reality. In the union of philosophy, psychology, and literary insights that form the basis of his theory of reading, the reader emerges as the dominant model of the reflective self. Meditative reading, indeed the meditative act that constitutes reading itself, becomes the portal to inner being. At the same time, Augustine argues that the self-knowledge that reading brings is, of necessity, limited, since it is faith rather than interpretive reason that can translate reading into forms of understanding." "In making his theory of reading a central concern, Augustine rethinks ancient doctrines about images, memory, emotion, and cognition. In judging what readers gain and do not gain from the sensory and mental understanding of texts, he takes up questions that have reappeared in contemporary thinking. He prefigures, and in ways he teaches us to recognize, our own preoccupations with the phenomenology of reading, the hermeneutics of tradition, and the ethics of interpretation."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stock, Brian
Index
index present
LC call number
BR65.A62
LC item number
S76 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Books and reading
  • Self-knowledge, Theory of
  • Books and reading
  • Spirituality
  • Books and reading
  • Augustine
  • Augustine
  • Augustine
  • Self-knowledge, Theory of
  • Augustine
Label
Augustine the reader : meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation, Brian Stock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-453) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Intellectual Horizons
  • Manichaeism
  • Ambrose
  • Neoplatonism
  • 3.
  • Reading and Conversion
  • Alypius
  • Simplicianus
  • Ponticianus
  • Augustine
  • I.
  • 4.
  • From Cassiciacum to Ostia
  • Cassiciacum
  • Ostia
  • II.
  • Ethics of Interpretation
  • 5.
  • Beginnings
  • Letters
  • Dialogues
  • Confessions 1-9
  • 6.
  • Speaking and Reading
  • On Dialectic
  • Teacher
  • Defining the Reader
  • 7.
  • Toward Theory
  • Tradition and Beliefs
  • "Uninstructed"
  • Christian Doctrine
  • 1.
  • 8.
  • Memory, Self-Reform and Time
  • Remembering
  • Conduct
  • Time
  • 9.
  • Self
  • Language of Thought
  • Reader and Cogito
  • Road toward Wisdom
  • Learning to Read
  • Words
  • Reading and Writing
  • Self-Improvement
  • 2.
Control code
32925824
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 463 pages
Isbn
9780674052765
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95034831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Augustine the reader : meditation, self-knowledge, and the ethics of interpretation, Brian Stock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-453) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Intellectual Horizons
  • Manichaeism
  • Ambrose
  • Neoplatonism
  • 3.
  • Reading and Conversion
  • Alypius
  • Simplicianus
  • Ponticianus
  • Augustine
  • I.
  • 4.
  • From Cassiciacum to Ostia
  • Cassiciacum
  • Ostia
  • II.
  • Ethics of Interpretation
  • 5.
  • Beginnings
  • Letters
  • Dialogues
  • Confessions 1-9
  • 6.
  • Speaking and Reading
  • On Dialectic
  • Teacher
  • Defining the Reader
  • 7.
  • Toward Theory
  • Tradition and Beliefs
  • "Uninstructed"
  • Christian Doctrine
  • 1.
  • 8.
  • Memory, Self-Reform and Time
  • Remembering
  • Conduct
  • Time
  • 9.
  • Self
  • Language of Thought
  • Reader and Cogito
  • Road toward Wisdom
  • Learning to Read
  • Words
  • Reading and Writing
  • Self-Improvement
  • 2.
Control code
32925824
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 463 pages
Isbn
9780674052765
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95034831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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