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Augustine for the Philosophers
The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals

Edited by Calvin L. Troup

Augustine for the Philosophers
Paperback, 255 pages $49.95
Published: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9781481300872
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Philosophy, All Theology

St. Augustine of Hippo, largely considered the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, has long dominated theological conversations. Augustine’s legacy as a theologian endures. However, Augustine’s contributions to rhetoric and the philosophy of communication remain relatively uncharted. Augustine for the Philosophers recovers these contributions, revisiting Augustine's prominence in the work of continental philosophers who shaped rhetoric and the philosophy of communication in the twentieth century. Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Jacques Ellul, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, Jean-François Lyotard, and Paul Ricoeur are paired with Augustine in significant conversations close to the center of their work.

Augustine for the Philosophers dares to hold Augustine’s rhetoric and philosophy in dynamic tension with his Christianity, provoking serious reconsideration of Augustine, his presence in twentieth-century continental thought, and his influence upon modern rhetoric and communication studies.


   Calvin L. Troup

Chapter 1:  The Confessions and the Continentals

   Calvin L. Troup

Chapter 2:  Augustine and Heidegger on Acknowledging the Importance of Acknowledgment and the Orator’s Art

   Michael J. Hyde

Chapter 3:  Arendt and Saint Augustine: Identity Otherwise than Convention

   Ronald C. Arnett

Chapter 4:  Lyotard’s Augustine

   David J. Depew

Chapter 5:  Love, and Interpret What You Will:  A Postsecular Camus-Augustine Encounter

   Ramsey Eric Ramsey

Chapter 6:  “A Limit that Resides in the Word”: Hermeneutic Appropriations of

   John Arthos

Chapter 7:  Self Identity and Time

   Algis Mickūnas

Chapter 8:  A Time to Be Born, a Time to Die:  St. Augustine’s Confessions and Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative

   Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

Chapter 9: Ellul & Augustine on Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication

   Calvin L. Troup and Clifford G. Christians


   Calvin L. Troup

“The essays in Troup’s volume, in addition to charting relations between Augustine and continental philosophy, point to further avenues of scholarship concerning the relationship between Augustine, rhetoric, and philosophy…”

—Martin Camper, Rhetoric Society Quarterly

"In Augustine for the Philosophers, Calvin L. Troup assembles an elegant collection of inquiries into the various insights a dialogue between the continental philosophical tradition and the works of St. Augustine can afford towards the study of rhetoric…Students of rhetoric and philosophy, regardless of their religious inclinations, will undoubtedly find this work an invaluable resource."

—Thomas McNulty, Augustinian Studies

"Augustine for the Philosophers converses with Heidegger, Husserl, Arendt, and other pivotal continental thinkers in writings by leading rhetorical scholars. Framing the discussion with his own essays, editor Calvin Troup speaks directly to the fresh thought an ancient author brings to contemporary issues."

—Helen M. Sterk, Professor and Head, Department of Communication, Western Kentucky University, former editor of the Journal of Communication and Religion  

"These discussions about the interactions of major figures of twentieth-century European philosophy with Augustine’s thought place communication scholars in the midst of a dynamic dialogue that offers new perspectives on communication, rhetoric, time, thought, and human nature."

—Paul A. Soukup, S.J., Professor and Department Head, Communication Department, Santa Clara University  

"This splendid collection discovers St. Augustine as a forgotten father of rhetorical studies and philosophy of communication. The classical is charged with new relevance, and the contemporary with deep indebtedness. For both scholar and student, St. Augustine will never be the same."

—Amit Pinchevski, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Calvin L. Troup is Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric Ph.D. program in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 255 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI022000, REL015000, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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