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Augustine and Academic Skepticism: A Philosophical Study

Blake D. Dutton


Among the most important, but frequently neglected, figures in the history of debates over skepticism is Augustine of Hippo (354–430 CE). His early dialogue, Against the Academics, together with substantial material from his other writings, constitutes a sustained attempt to respond to the tradition of skepticism with which he was familiar. This was the tradition of Academic skepticism, which had its home in Plato's Academy and was transmitted to the Roman world through the writings of Cicero (106–43 BCE). This book is the first comprehensive treatment of Augustine's critique of Academic skept ... More

Keywords: knowledge, Augustine of Hippo, Academic skepticism, Cicero, Plato, philosophical inquiry, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452932
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blake D. Dutton, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago