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The Bible and Aristotle in the controversy between Augustine and Julian of Aeclanum

Lössl, Josef ORCID: 2011. The Bible and Aristotle in the controversy between Augustine and Julian of Aeclanum. Lössl, Josef and Watt, John Wiliam, eds. Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity: The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Bagdhad, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 111-120.

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This chapter shows that when Augustine of Hippo accused Julian of Aeclanum of being too keen a student of 'Aristotle's Categories' (and therefore, in his view, an adherent of a dangerously liberal education that could lead to rationalism, heresy and even atheism) he may not necessarily have been referring to the study of Aristotle himself, but to that of Porphyry's Isagoge in a Latin translation, perhaps the one which is still extant in fragments by Marius Victorinus. This, at any rate, is what Julian's own references to those 'Aristotelian Categories' suggest. What is also striking in Julian's case is the almost Scholastic attitude with which he recommends the study of Aristotle as philosophical propaedeia for a better understanding of theological issues.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 9781409410072
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
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Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 08:28

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