Moral Inquiry in Augustine’s De doctrina christiana


This paper outlines how, in the De doctrina christiana, Augustine founded all Christian intellectual activity on moral inquiry. This foundation allowed Augustinian moral inquiry to develop beyond the limits of one particularly philosophical framework precisely because it was based fundamentally on an ordinary activity of human life, carried out for the needs of a community. Because Augustinian moral inquiry places theoretical systems in a subordinate position, we can understand the appropriation of Aristotelian science and philosophy by Aquinas and others as a peculiarly Augustinian thing to do.

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About Timothy Kearns

Timothy Kearns received his PhD (2014) and MA (2007) from the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies at The Catholic University of America and his BA in Classics from University of Texas at Austin (2001).

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