Memory in Augustines Theological Anthropology

Hardcover | September 17, 2012

byPaige E. Hochschild

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Memory is the least studied dimension of Augustine's psychological trinity of memory-intellect-will. This book explores the theme of 'memory' in Augustine's works, tracing its philosophical and theological significance. The first part explores the philosophical history of memory in Plato,Aristotle, and Plotinus. The second part shows how Augustine inherits this theme and treats it in his early writings. The third and final part seeks to show how Augustine's theological understanding of Christ draws on and resolves tensions in the theme of memory.The place of memory in the theological anthropology of Augustine has its roots in the Platonic epistemological tradition. Augustine actively engages with this tradition in his early writings in a manner that is both philosophically sophisticated and doctrinally consistent with his later, moreovertly theological writings. From the Cassiacum dialogues through De musica, Augustine points to the central importance of memory: he examines the power of the soul as something that mediates sense perception and understanding, while explicitly deferring a more profound treatment of it untilConfessions and De trinitate. In these two texts, memory is the foundation for the location of the Imago Dei in the mind. It becomes the basis for the spiritual experience of the embodied creature, and a source of the profound anxiety that results from the sensed opposition of human time and divine time (aeterna ratio). Thistension is contained and resolved, to a limited extent, in Augustine's Christology, in the ability of a paradoxical incarnation to unify the temporal and the eternal (in Confessions 11 and 12), and the life of faith (scientia) with the promised contemplation of the divine (sapientia, in De trinitate12-14).

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Memory is the least studied dimension of Augustine's psychological trinity of memory-intellect-will. This book explores the theme of 'memory' in Augustine's works, tracing its philosophical and theological significance. The first part explores the philosophical history of memory in Plato,Aristotle, and Plotinus. The second part show...

Paige E. Hochschild is Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount St. Mary's University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:September 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199643024

ISBN - 13:9780199643028

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IntroductionPart I1. Plato2. Aristotle3. PlotinusPart II4. The Cassiciacum Dialogues5. The Middle Early Dialogues6. De magistro and De musicaPart III7. Introduction: Confessiones 108. Confessiones 11: The Problem of Temporality9. Confessiones 12 and 13: Time, Matter and a Scientia of Scripture10. De TrinitateConclusion