Throughout his career St. Augustine remained firmly convinced that wisdom is the key to living a good human life. In several of his early works and notably in Book III of the Confessions, Augustine tells us how he was strongly influenced by Cicero's Hortensius. It turned his mind, he says, to the study of the love of wisdom (liber ille ipsius exhortationem ad philosophiam). When, in the year 386, he and his friends were preparing for Augustine and his son Adeodatus to be baptized, one of the first discussions at Cassiciacum is recorded in the dialogue On the Happy Life (De beata vita).


Issue contains the subject matter of the 1994 Philosophy Colloquium, which had the theme "Augustine on Human Goodness: Metaphysics, Ethics and Politics." It was held April 7-9, 1994.



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