Confissões

Editora Schwarcz - Companhia das Letras
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Um marco da filosofia ocidental em nova tradução do latim de Lorenzo Mammì. Redigido no século IV, entre Antiguidade e Idade Média, as Confissões de Agostinho de Hipona são ainda hoje um livro surpreendente. Por um lado, pela densidade poética e pela originalidade da escrita, e por inaugurar o gênero da autobiografia como história da formação de uma personalidade, elas representam um marco único na história da literatura ocidental. Por outro, Agostinho elabora nelas uma nova maneira de fazer filosofia, estranha à tradição antiga, por ser baseada não apenas em conceitos abstratos e deduções, mas sobretudo na observação fina dos movimentos psicológicos, das motivações interiores e do significado de pequenos fatos e gestos cotidianos. O resultado é uma leitura incontornável para todos os que se interessam por filosofia, história ou religião.
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Agostinho de Hipona foi um dos mais importantes teólogos e filósofos dos primeiros anos do cristianismo, autor de obras influentes no desenvolvimento da filosofia ocidental. Venerado como santo, proeminente Doutor da Igreja e o patrono dos agostinianos pela Igreja Católica, foi um dos mais prolíficos autores latinos, e a lista de seus trabalhos tem mais de cem títulos diferentes, entre eles Cidade de Deus e Sobre a Trindade.
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Editora Schwarcz - Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Apr 24, 2017
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Pages
440
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ISBN
9788543809328
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Philosophy / Religious
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