Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body

Hardcover | May 30, 2011

byAndrea Nightingale

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Once Out of Nature offers an original interpretation of Augustine’s theory of time and embodiment. Andrea Nightingale draws on philosophy, sociology, literary theory, and social history to analyze Augustine’s conception of temporality, eternity, and the human and transhuman condition.
 
In Nightingale’s view, the notion of embodiment illuminates a set of problems much larger than the body itself: it captures the human experience of being an embodied soul dwelling on earth. In Augustine’s writings, humans live both in and out of nature—exiled from Eden and punished by mortality, they are “resident aliens” on earth. While the human body is subject to earthly time, the human mind is governed by what Nightingale calls psychic time. For the human psyche always stretches away from the present moment—where the physical body persists—into memories and expectations. As Nightingale explains, while the body is present in the here and now, the psyche cannot experience self-presence. Thus, for Augustine, the human being dwells in two distinct time zones, in earthly time and in psychic time. The human self, then, is a moving target. Adam, Eve, and the resurrected saints, by contrast, live outside of time and nature: these transhumans dwell in an everlasting present.
 
Nightingale connects Augustine’s views to contemporary debates about transhumans and suggests that Augustine’s thought reflects our own ambivalent relationship with our bodies and the earth. Once Out of Nature offers a compelling invitation to ponder the boundaries of the human.

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Once Out of Nature offers an original interpretation of Augustine’s theory of time and embodiment. Andrea Nightingale draws on philosophy, sociology, literary theory, and social history to analyze Augustine’s conception of temporality, eternity, and the human and transhuman condition. In Nightingale’s view, the notion of embodiment ill...

Andrea Nightingale is professor of classics and comparative literature at Stanford University and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in its Cultural Context, among other books.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 30, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction

1. Edenic and Resurrected Transhumans
2. Scattered in Time
3. The Unsituated Self
4. Body and Book
5. Unearthly Bodies

Epilogue: “Mortal Interindebtedness”
Appendix: Augustine on Paul’s Notion of the Flesh and the Body

Notes
References
Index

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“Groundbreaking. . . . In this elegant and fascinating book, Nightingale discovers new ways of thinking about the body and time in ways that are grounded in the Christianity of late antiquity, but that also continue to resonate today.”