chapter  IX
The Decline of Ancient Science
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The idea of starting a new period in the history of scientific thought with St. Augustine is justified not only by the position which mathematics occupied in his philosophy (2) but more precisely by the overcoming of scepticism, and by the recognition of the extra-sensory character of mathematics and its ascetic value, in demonstrations of the immortality of the soul and the existence of God. But leaving aside all these subjects, we will concentrate for a moment on aspects of St. Augustine's thought that foreshadow certain developments in modern mathematics.