Against the Academics

St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Translation, Annotation, and Commentary by Michael P. Foley

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A fresh, new translation of Augustine’s inaugural work as a Christian convert

“Lively, engaging and accurate translations. . . . There is much in this dialogue and Foley’s presentation of it for contemporary readers to take seriously.”—Erik Kenyon, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the remarkable “Cassiciacum dialogues.” In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism, which Augustine is both sympathetic to and critical of. The dialogue serves as a fitting launching point for a knowledge of God and the soul, the overall subject of the Cassiciacum tetralogy.

Michael P. Foley is associate professor of patristics at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Frank Sheed’s translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

“A truly impressive undertaking.”—Marc D. Guerra, Assumption College

“Foley has provided a vital and long-needed service, giving us lively, engaging and accurate translations, and commentaries that are well-grounded without being overwhelming. . . . There is much in this dialogue and Foley’s presentation of it for contemporary readers to take seriously.”—Erik Kenyon, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“A consistent, faithful and elegant translation of the crucial but relatively neglected dialogues by Augustine of Hippo.”—Simon Oliver, Durham University, UK

“Foley’s text of Against the Academics is a valuable resource for students and scholars alike. The translation is accurate and readable, and the extensive commentary is full of insightful analysis.”—Blake Dutton, Loyola University Chicago
 

“I heartily recommend this new edition of Augustine’s Cassiciacum Dialogues for classroom use and scholarly consideration. They will continue to shine light on the intellectual work of Augustine’s early career in particular, and the fascinating intellectual situation of Late Antiquity more broadly.”—Evan Dutmer, CJ-Online

"Michael Foley’s orchestration of the Cassiciacum dialogues—a four-part translation, annotation, and commentary—renders Augustine’s most important voice, the voice of the seeker, readily available to a broad readership. These are perfect teaching texts, and they are equally compelling for experts.  This welcome return of the dialogues, separate and yet intimately related in Foley’s handling of them, marks the most important literary event in Augustinian studies since Peter Brown’s biography."—James Wetzel, Director of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University
 

“Michael Foley’s lively, precise new translation makes this dramatic dialogue accessible to today’s reader, adding yet another dimension to our understanding of the endless breadth of Augustine’s developing thought.”—Brian Daley, University of Notre Dame
 

“Michael Foley’s translations of Augustine’s dialogue Against the Academics is accurate and elegantly written, and his Introduction will provide both students and advanced scholars with a guide to Augustine’s early thinking on the Christian contemplative life.”—Brian Stock, University of Toronto and Collège de France
 

“Yale University Press has excelled in publishing these beautiful volumes. Michael Foley models good translation, deeply engaged with the intricacies of the Latin and yet flowing elegantly and readably across the page. Foley’s commentary introduces the reader carefully and invitingly into these important and complex texts from Augustine’s first years as a Christian writer. They belong on the shelves of all who value the wisdom of the early Christian tradition.”—Lewis Ayres, Durham University

“It is a delight to see this beautifully smooth English translation of Against the Academics, with commentary that is both learned and engaging! Foley’s Augustine will reach students, scholars, and many others too.” —John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame
 
ISBN: 9780300238556
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
352 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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