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The Confession of Augustine
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This remarkable posthumous work by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century engages Augustine s Confessions, one of the major canonical works of world literature and the very paradigm of autobiography as a definable genre of writing. Lyotard approaches his subject by returning to his earliest phenomenological training, rearticulating Augustine s sensory universe from a vantage point imaginarily inside the confessant s world, a vantage point that reveals the intense point of conjuncture between the sensual and the spiritual, the erotic world and the mystical, being and appearance, sin and salvation. Lyotard reveals the very origins of phenomenology in Augustine s narrative, and in so doing also shows the origins of semiotics to lie there (in the explication of the Augustinian heavens as skin, as veil, as vellum).
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Forewarning Dolores Lyotard; The confession of Augustine; Notebook.

About the Author

The late Jean-Francois Lyotard was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII and Professor of Humanities at Emory University. Stanford has published two other books of his: Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1994) and The Inhuman: Reflections on Time (1992).

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" ... this work is less a book about the Confessions as it is an insight into a twentieth century philosopher at the end of his life... With prose bordering on the poetic, Lyotard entices and captivates throughout. His final insights here disclose how Augustine's own autobiography is really an omni-biography: a story every soul tells as it comes to realize, as Lyotard's last line puts it, that only at the "end of the night forever begins." - The Review of Metaphysics

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