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St. Augustine on the structure and meaning of history

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St. Augustine on the structure and meaning of history

Dias, Victor (1996) St. Augustine on the structure and meaning of history. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Historical meaning is dependent on the ontological structure of time and history such that if that structure be closed, in terms of a circle, then the possibility of ultimate historical meaning collapses. If the structure of time is linear and the structure of history is cyclical the same problem with ultimate meaning remains. Augustine, on the other hand, argues that linearity, a sequence of unique moments, and finality characterize the structure of history. For Augustine a certain structure is a necessary prerequisite for ultimate historical meaning. To complete the claim that there is ultimate historical meaning Augustine argues that a unique and final destiny, which gives to the whole of historical life a definite meaning, is dependent on the role of a supreme being. According to Augustine, final historical meaning depends on this divine purpose. Briefly, in the first chapter I defend Augustine's replies to objections against his assertions of a finite linearity. In the second chapter I defend his arguments against circularity. In the third chapter I defend the claim that Augustine makes possible the remaining requirements for meaning in history

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dias, Victor
Pagination:xvi, 140 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of Philosophy
Date:1996
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gray, Christopher B
ID Code:191
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:10
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:13
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