The Augustinian Cogito and Materialist Theories of Mind

  • Tamer NawarEmail author
Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 16)


Augustine famously employs cogito-style reasoning analogous to that later found in Descartes in order to defeat global scepticism. This has been the subject of substantial scholarly attention. However, what has received less attention is that Augustine, like Descartes, also employs cogito-style reasoning to ascertain the nature of the mind and to argue against materialist theories of mind. In this paper, I examine Augustine’s central argument to this end in De Trinitate 10.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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