Signs and Inwardness: Augustine's Theological Epistemology

Dissertation, Yale University (1994)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This is a study of the development of Western inwardness from Plato to Augustine. It traces the origin of three concepts: inward turn, private inner space, and outward expression. All three were originally theological concepts; i.e., they belonged to philosophical theories that related God to the soul. ;Part I examines the precursors of these three concepts in Plato, then notes the central contribution made by Aristotle's doctrine that the mind is identical with the Forms it knows. This allows Plotinus to identify the divine Mind with the intelligible world and locate it within the soul. This then is the foundation of Plotinus' inward turn: in turning its mind into its own interior, the soul is turning to the divine. ;Part II argues that it was Augustine who invented the concept of a private inner space of the self. Augustine's search for God builds on Plotinus' inward turn, but must adjust to the fact that Christian doctrine denies the divinity of the soul. Hence the inner self in Augustine is no longer the intelligible world, but the soul's own inner world. It only becomes a private world, however, inasmuch as the soul is fallen and therefore separated from other souls by the opacity of mortal bodies



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,122

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Modern Religious Language of Education: Rousseau’s Emile. [REVIEW]Fritz Osterwalder - 2012 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 31 (5):435-447.
The Essential Functions of a Plotinian Soul.Damian Kalouri - 2005 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 1:75-93.
Augustine and Meister Eckhart: Tracing a Lineage.Heidi Marx - 1999 - Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University


Added to PP


6 months

Historical graph of downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Phillip Cary
Eastern University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references