An Epistemological Analysis of St. Augustine's Confessions
In what has been called history's first authentic autobiography, Augustine presents his reader with a realistic and moving glimpse into the soul and psyche of a man whose writings greatly influenced the stabilization and spread of western Christianity. Viewing his pre-regenerate life through the eyes of faith, Augustine presents his poignant struggle for meaning, which led down a variety of philosophical paths before he accepted the Christian faith. In this paper, Augustine's ideas about the certainly and levels of knowledge are explored. What does it mean to contemplate eternal things? Can one perceive immutable truths? And, in the final analysis, what is the purpose of knowledge anyway?
Keywords: Augustine, Epistemology, Theory of Knowledge, Perception, Faith, Purpose of Knowledge
Dr. John W. Luton
Associate Professor, Mass Communication, Department of Language, Literature and Communication School of Arts and Humanities, Elizabeth City State University