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Augustine's Use of the KK-Thesis in The City of God, Book 11

Joshua Andersson


It seems odd that in such a densely theological text that Augustine would bring up something like the KK-thesis, which is so epistemological. Yet, as one progresses through the book it does begin to make sense. In this paper, I aim to try to come to some understanding of how and why Augustine uses something like the KK-thesis in Book 11 of The City of God. The paper will progress in the following way: First, I discuss Jaakko Hintikka’s work on the KK- thesis in order to have a clear idea of what the KK-thesis is, and some associated problems with it. Next, since Augustine most explicitly deals with the KK-thesis in De Trinitate, with the help of Gareth Matthews work, I discuss Augustine’s use of the KK-thesis there. Finally, I return to The City of God, in order come to an understanding of Augustine’s use of the KK-thesis there.

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