Augustine on non-linguistic thought

“Ce langage est celui qu’ont adopté plusieurs auteurs latins bien recommandables; et ils l’ont employé , n’en trouvant pas de meilleur pour exprimer par la parole ce qu’ils comprenaient sans le secours de la parole.”

De Trin. V.9.10

The Latin authors have found the technical vocabulary of “one substance, three persons” to be the most fitting manner of representing “by speech what they understood without the aid of speech.” But what could that possibly mean? Augustine thinks that we can think and know without language.

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