LOS ROSTROS DE JANO Luis E. Bacigalupo

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Published: May 2nd 2011

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LOS ROSTROS DE JANO  by  Luis E. Bacigalupo

LOS ROSTROS DE JANO by Luis E. Bacigalupo
May 2nd 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 133 pages | ISBN: | 10.19 Mb

This essay challenges the prejudice according to which, Western Civilization rests exclusively on the development of scientific rationality. Such assumption forgets the other face of Janus, namely that of rhetorics. Greek Philosophy and RomanMoreThis essay challenges the prejudice according to which, Western Civilization rests exclusively on the development of scientific rationality. Such assumption forgets the other face of Janus, namely that of rhetorics. Greek Philosophy and Roman Rhetoric were both important sources of Saint Augustines philosophical insights and struggled in his spirit as if they were two faces in one single head.

The rhetorical face of Janus, however, was Augustines main source and eventually his decisive intellectual tool. In spite the many uncertainties rhetorical reason could never dismiss, it offers nevertheless sufficient rational support for all kind of beliefs including faith. As far as it dismisses science from the task of supporting the rationality of faith, this may be seen as a skeptical feature in Augustines thought. Along with describing the dialectical tension between Janus faces in Augustines own mind, this book invites the reader to rediscover his sense of rationality and to view his overwhelming influence in the Early Middle Ages from a new and unsuspected scope.



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