Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354 - 430), a.k.a. Saint Augustine, was an accomplished philosopher and theologian, and showed remarkable insight in his philosophical writings. The preceding sentence is an exercise in understatement. How much of an understatement?
As I've been reflecting on Elizabeth Anscombe's work on trust and testimony, I remembered some passages from Thomas Hobbes on similar themes, and I'd like to bring them into dialog with each other. In an earlier post I discussed Anscombe's distinction between believing a person and believing that what a person says is true, as well as her distinction between original and derivative epistemic authority.