The Introduction sets forth the aim of this book: to provide a modest, dogged, and above all sympathetic descriptive analysis of the De Trinitate thoroughly committed to accounting for the whole of the treatise, on the presupposition of its unity and its coherence. These are best perceived when Augustine's ‘progressive enquiry’ is approached from the angle of knowledge of God. This angle might not be easy to detect from the viewpoint of modern epistemological standards because Augustine does not embark on an explicit reflection on the conditions of knowledge of God, but aims at introducing his reader to the practice of this knowledge and then, only retrospectively determines its conditions not critically but theologically or, rather, from a theologically ruled, critical point of view. Therefore the book will refer to ‘theological epistemology’ according to Augustine's approach to knowledge of God and treat epistemological questions as a function of the doctrine of the Trinity.
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