Margaret Miles and the Platonist’s Daughter
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Margaret Miles’ academic memoir Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter uses Augustine as both a guide and an interlocutor as she recounts her own odyssey of the soul. Miles, using a similar framework to that in the Confessions, makes a public account of her own private reflections on herself, her academic life, and her journey in faith. Taking up the implicit invitation to self-reflection and dialogue that this book provides, this review attempts to bring out key philosophical issues inherent in the book, including Miles’ views on education, love, the body, and God’s grace.
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- Miles, M. (1992). Desire and delight. New York: Crossroad.
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- Plotinus. (1966). Enneads Ed. G.P. Goold. trans. A. H. Armstrong. Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library of Harvard University Press.
- Margaret Miles and the Platonist’s Daughter
Volume 62, Issue 3 , pp 375-381
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