"No woman ever set foot inside his house, he never spoke with a woman except in the presence of a third person or outside the parlor. He made no exceptions, not even for his own elder sister and his nieces, all three of them nuns." Thus speaks Possidius, a friend and fellow lodger, of Augustine's gameplan against women, and one German theologian was quick to remark that such "behavior would suggest that the man was psychologically disturbed " Was Augustine a sex-addict and misogynist, a woman hater because he first had been a sex slave? Both labels, misogyny and sexual compulsion have been tried out on Augustine, both with some fortune albeit without convincing accuracy.


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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