Against the Academics, Volume 1: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1

Saint Augustine (Author) Michael P. Foley (Translator)
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The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the influential "Cassiciacum dialogues." In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism.

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Yale University Press
Publish Date
June 25, 2019
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

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.


"Foley has provided a vital and long-needed service, giving us lively, engaging, and accurate translations, a commentaries that are well-grounded without being overwhelming."--Erik Kenyon, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"A truly impressive undertaking."--Marc D. Guerra, Assumption College
"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

"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 Coll├Ęge de France