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Confiteor, le retour à soi dans "Les Confessions" de saint Augustin

Abstract : Compared to reflective conception of the return to oneself inherent to the philosophy of the subject, as being developed from Hegel to Ricoeur, and which seeks to overcome the dispersion of temporal life by self-construction in the unity of a story, Augustine offers another understanding of selfhood, which does not fall into difficulties of egological centration nor into difficulties of current antihumanism. Personal story with facticity and finitude can only find its unity and sense outside itself, in a quest for the truth which enlightens it. The inner self for Augustine is not to be related to Neoplatonism purification, because the point is not about finding a place in the cosmos. For Augustine being oneself is being freed from all forms emanating from the world while struggling inwardly between the burden of concupiscence and the patient wait of real goods. Humility, patience and love are the true acts of the inner self.
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Emmanuel Housset. Confiteor, le retour à soi dans "Les Confessions" de saint Augustin. Cahiers de philosophie de l'université de Caen, Presses universitaires de Caen, 2015, Le "je" empirique des philosophes, pp.181-201. ⟨hal-02147161⟩

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