21. Conversationalist and Consultant: Augustine in Dialogue

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Therese Fuhrer

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch21

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Fuhrer, T. (2012) Conversationalist and Consultant: Augustine in Dialogue, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch21

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Universities of Trier, Zurich, Freiburg, Germany

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • written legacy, distinguishing Augustine from others, in dialogue;
  • Augustinian writings, intellectuals, teachers in conversation;
  • literary dialogues, genre and form;
  • The Cassiciacum Dialogues;
  • debate on faith and philosophy;
  • De beata vita, age-old questions on the good life;
  • teacher–student talks, dialogue as a way to cognition;
  • dialogue De animae quantitate, On the Greatness of the Soul;
  • Acta contra Fortunatum Manichaeum


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Literary Dialogues: Genre and Form

  • The Cassiciacum Dialogues

  • Teacher–Student Talks: Dialogue as a Way to Cognition

  • The Criterion of Dialogue

  • Augustine in Dialogue with his Contemporaries

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading