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Augustine’s Doctrine of Predestination: A Performative Analysis

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This chapter begins by sketching the key moments of Austin's argument in preparation for Austinian analysis of Augustine's advice to the preacher of predestination. Augustine's doctrine of predestination as set forth in his works written for the monks of Hadrumetum and Marseilles has almost always been treated, as we indicated above, as a constative utterance (or set of constative utterances). The chapter also tests the merits of a performative analysis in respect of Augustine's advice to the preacher at the end of De dono, discovering both its fruitfulness and its limits. It summarises the findings as follows: the doctrine of predestination (as Augustine advises it be preached) functions exercitively and commissively, encouraging reform, exhorting and committing to prayer, as well as establishing the motivational conditions for prayer, and naming so as to foster baptismal identity.

Keywords: Augustine's doctrine of predestination; De dono; performative analysis; prayer; preacher



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