The soliloquies of St. Augustine

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Post by soupy » November 19th, 2018, 10:31 am

The soliloquies of St. Augustine, translated into English by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland, with notes and introduction by the translator. 1910

Rose Elizabeth Cleveland (June 13, 1846 – November 22, 1918), was acting First Lady of the United States from 1885 to 1886, during the first of her brother, president Grover Cleveland's two administrations. The president was a bachelor until he married Francis Folsom on June 2, 1886, fourteen months into his first term.

A dialogue between Augustine and Reason
For many days I had been debating within myself many and diverse things, seeking constantly, and with anxiety, to find out my real self, my best good, and the evil to be avoided, when suddenly one—I know not, but eagerly strive to know, whether it were myself or another, within me or without— said to me:
The Soliloquies of Augustine are almost unknown. This is largely, if not entirely, due to the fact that spurious substitutes have, since the 13th century, usurped their place.

It contains what Pelissier calls an excellent moral argument for the immortality of the soul. Spite of the jealousy of the worshipers of Descartes, it originates in the dialogue between Reason and Augustine which introduces the second book, ——~ elaborated elsewhere, especially in the City of God)—-the famous cogito ergo sum which is the cornerstone of modern Cartesian philosophy.

Augustine taught, before Kant linmortalized the truth in his Critique, “The only good thing is the good will.” But when all is said, the main artery which connects Augustine so vitally with every one who knows him, is that current of passionate love for God and the soul, so conspicuous in the Soliloquies, which makes him kin —— if king — of the Whole race by the reddest blood of the human heart.

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