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Truth

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All the basic metaphysical notions of Augustine are so closely linked to one another as to be inseparable. The subject of this Chapter is no exception. In fact any writer on that metaphysics should find it embarrassingly difficult to justify the placing he gives it, since nothing is more Augustinian than the conviction that the quest for knowledge is the quest for being and the quest for being is the quest for Truth.1 Immutability, Being, Self-Identity, Creator, Truth — all these terms in Augustine’s thought are convertible.

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Christian Doctrine Wise Person Individual Existence True Religion Summum Bonum 
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  1. 1.Villanova UniversityUSA

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