Event Title

A Translation of Ideas: An Analysis of Sight-based Metaphor Between Saint Augustine, Plato and the Neo-Platonists

Location

King Building 243

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2019 5:20 PM

Abstract

Augustine of Hippo’s On Christian Doctrine presents its readers with an interesting mix of theology, linguistics and translation theory. This thesis aims to investigate the philosophical ties On Christian Doctrine has with previous philosophers by focusing on specific language choices Augustine made when writing the text. Approaching On Christian Doctrine as a treatise on translation and its relationship in Augustine to allegory and interpretation, this thesis investigates the use of sight-related metaphors made by Augustine to best explain the relationship which exists within the text between Augustine’s philosophy and that of Plato and the Neoplatonist Marius Victorinus.

Keywords:

Ancient Greek, Latin, Philosophy, Linguistics, Translation Studies

Notes

Session VI, Panel 19 - Religious | Thought

Moderator: Frances Purcell, Writing Associate Fellow in Rhetoric & Composition

Major

Ancient Greek Language and Literature

Advisor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics

Project Mentor(s)

Kirk Ormand, Classics

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A Translation of Ideas: An Analysis of Sight-based Metaphor Between Saint Augustine, Plato and the Neo-Platonists

King Building 243

Augustine of Hippo’s On Christian Doctrine presents its readers with an interesting mix of theology, linguistics and translation theory. This thesis aims to investigate the philosophical ties On Christian Doctrine has with previous philosophers by focusing on specific language choices Augustine made when writing the text. Approaching On Christian Doctrine as a treatise on translation and its relationship in Augustine to allegory and interpretation, this thesis investigates the use of sight-related metaphors made by Augustine to best explain the relationship which exists within the text between Augustine’s philosophy and that of Plato and the Neoplatonist Marius Victorinus.