Augustine’s City of God, IV: Appraisal and Critique of Philosophy (Part I)

Augustine not only deals with cultural criticism in examining the history of Rome and Roman culture, he also engages in intellectual criticism as well—taking up a critique of Roman religion and Hellenic philosophy (namely Platonism and Stoicism, the two great intellectual influences over him).  Augustine is well known for having been influenced by Platonism (specifically … Continue reading Augustine’s City of God, IV: Appraisal and Critique of Philosophy (Part I)

Augustine and the Theory of Signification

Saint Augustine of Hippo was one of the most consequential and influential philosophers in the Western tradition. Perhaps most remembered as a theologian, he was, nevertheless a theologian-philosopher whose various ideas and original insights have since passed into philosophical canon. One of Augustine’s more “secular” contributions to philosophy was his theory of signification which is … Continue reading Augustine and the Theory of Signification

Two Meanings of Reason

Reason, and rationality, are terms used by popular pseudo-scientific writers and authors, and YouTube hosts and podcasters, as if superior to all other schools of epistemological thought.  The sad reality is that most self-professed rationalists, like Sam Harris, are really materialistic empiricists.  Moreover, at least from the pen of Christianity (and Judaism and Islam as well), … Continue reading Two Meanings of Reason