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Author Lim, Richard, 1963-

Title Public disputation, power, and social order in late antiquity / Richard Lim
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series The transformation of the classical heritage ; 23
Transformation of the classical heritage ; 23
Contents 1. The Diffusion of the Logos -- 2. Disputation, Dialectic, and Competition among Platonist Philosophers -- 3. Manichaeans and Public Disputation in Late Antiquity -- 4. Dialectic, Questioning, and Community in the Anomoean Controversy -- 5. Meddlesome Curiosity, Mystification, and Social Order in Late Antiquity -- 6. "Non in sermone regnum Dei": Fifth-Century Views on Debate at Nicaea -- 7. The Containment of the Logos -- 8. Epilogue
Summary Using select philosophical and theological debates, Lim discusses how with the advent of Christianity the public function of disputation changed from a means of discovering truth and self-identification for the orator to a means of competition and "winning over" an opponent. Lim demonstrates clearly how the reception and practice of public debate, like other forms of competition in Late Antiquity, were closely tied to underlying notions of authority, community and social order
Analysis Christianity History
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Princeton University, 1991
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-265) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Church history -- 4th century.
Religious disputations -- History.
Rome -- Intellectual life -- History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 93043761
ISBN 0520085779 (alk. paper)
0585160414 (electronic bk.)
9780520085770 (alk. paper)
9780585160412 (electronic bk.)