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Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

Paige E. Hochschild

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643028.001.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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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, more overtly 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 thereof until Confessions 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). This tension 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 trinitate 12-14).

Keywords: memory; confessions; trinity; soul; mind; recollection; time; illumination; sense perception; Augustine

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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Plato in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Aristotle in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Plotinus in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Conclusion to Part I in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Recollection and Virtue: <i>De magistro</i> and <i>De musica</i> in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Conclusion to Part II in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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Introduction to Memory: <i>Confessiones</i> 10 in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

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