The chapter examines Augustine’s discussion of time in Book 11 of the Confessions by emphasizing Augustine’s view of thinking eternally. This is preceded by a discussion of Augustine’s dismissal of Aristotle’s Categories in his search for a way of thinking about the Church’s confession that God is immutable. Augustine comes to rely instead on the conceptuality of neo-Platonism, (as reported in Book 7) though this reliance is definitely and deliberately limited; the “books of the Platonists” are silent on the Incarnation. Invoking the distinction between A-theories and B-theories of time, the essay argues that Augustine opts for a modified B-series in his account of God’s relation to time in Book 11. Augustine’s attitude to temporal indexicality is also discussed.
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