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    The Creative Word: Reflections on the Augustinian Episteme

    Rosemann, Philipp W. (2020) The Creative Word: Reflections on the Augustinian Episteme. Maynooth Philosophical Papers, 10. pp. 97-115. ISSN 2009-7751

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    Book XI of his Confessions contains Augustine’s celebrated ‘treatise’ on time. In reality, however, the ‘treatise’ is no such thing, but rather an integral part of a discussion of God’s creation through the Word: if God creates by speaking, as Scripture affirms, then how can God speak, given the fact that he must be thought not to be subject to time? What is a timeless word? While these are the questions that Augustine explicitly addresses in Book XI, there is something very important that he does not justify at all: namely, the possibility of speaking the world into existence. My paper investigates the episteme within which such a claim can make sense. How must one conceive of the relationship between the world and words to be able to assume that the latter can ‘make’ the former?

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Book XI; Confessions; Augustine; treatise on time; episteme;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 15423
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    Depositing User: Philipp W. Rosemann
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 15:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: Maynooth University Department of Philosophy
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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