20. Philosopher: Augustine in Retirement

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Gillian Clark

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch20

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Clark, G. (2012) Philosopher: Augustine in Retirement, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch20

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine and philosophy, seeing a gap, teaching and practice;
  • late antique philosophers, arguments as part of philosophy;
  • sharing philosophy with others, and the love of wisdom;
  • rhetoric, in higher education, connections with philosophy;
  • the Bible, as a philosophic text;
  • Augustine and his baptism, being undecided on where to start;
  • Manicheism for Augustine, wisdom from books;
  • Augustine's language, on what it was that he most wanted


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Augustine Meets Philosophy

  • Philosophers and Their Students

  • The Bible as a Philosophic Text

  • Love of Wisdom and Lust for Philosophy: Augustine Meets the Manicheans

  • Community Life versus Sex, Money, and Status

  • Free at Last? Otium and Responsibility

  • Conclusion: Philosophy for All

  • Further Reading