Augustine's Modification of Liberal Education: Reflections on 'De doctrina Christiana'

Arts of Liberty 1 (1):51-97 (2013)
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In this article, I first show in what way Augustine's 'De doctrina Christiana' actually concerns liberal education, or at least includes it within its scope. Second, I articulate the new 'modus' of education, its new “mode” or “measure,” presented in 'De doctrina'. Third, I exemplify the modification of education by briefly considering Augustine’s treatment of rhetoric in Book IV of 'De doctrina'. Fourth and finally, I conclude with general remarks that attempt to situate the sort of education of which Augustine speaks in 'De doctrina' among some current alternatives with which we are familiar.

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Matthew Walz
University of Dallas


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