Session Title

Augustine on the Body: Metaphysical, Biblical, and Empirical Approaches

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Marianne Djuth

Organizer Affiliation

Canisius College

Presider Name

Marianne Djuth

Paper Title 1

"An Obedient Servant to Some People . . . beyond the Normal Limitations of Nature" (De civ. dei 14.24): Augustine and the Extreme Body

Presenter 1 Name

Nancy Weatherwax

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 2

Two Images of God: Augustine on Male/Female Equality in Human Substance

Presenter 2 Name

Robert N. Parks

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Dayton

Paper Title 3

Augustine's S.O.S.

Presenter 3 Name

Thomas Losoncy

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Villanova Univ.

Paper Title 4

Augustine's Early Understanding of the Body

Presenter 4 Name

Thomas Clemmons

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Start Date

14-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley I Hadley 102

Description

This session inquires into Augustine's understanding of the body and its metaphysical, biblical, and empirical significance. While it is clear that, for Augustine at least, there can only be a body if there is a soul, more attention needs to be paid to the nature of the body and its role in the development of Augustine's thought. In this session the first paper emphasizes the relation between the body and the will in fallen human beings. The presentation approaches the nature of the body through an analysis of extreme, even grotesque, cases of body/will control, or lack of control. The second paper inquires into whether or not the distinction between representation and substance implies that Augustine held women in a more favorable view than has been previously noticed. The author argues that Augustine did indeed adopt this position. The third and fourth papers, each in its own way, approach the body in Augustine's early writings from the perspective of the soul/body relation and, in one case, accords special attention to the fleshly body of Christ. The fourth paper concludes by briefly discussing how Augustine's view of the body in his early works differs from his mature understanding of it in the De civitate Dei. The session, therefore, come full circle, beginning and ending with Augustine's view of the body in the De civitate Dei.

Marianne Djuth

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May 14th, 3:30 PM

Augustine on the Body: Metaphysical, Biblical, and Empirical Approaches

Valley I Hadley 102

This session inquires into Augustine's understanding of the body and its metaphysical, biblical, and empirical significance. While it is clear that, for Augustine at least, there can only be a body if there is a soul, more attention needs to be paid to the nature of the body and its role in the development of Augustine's thought. In this session the first paper emphasizes the relation between the body and the will in fallen human beings. The presentation approaches the nature of the body through an analysis of extreme, even grotesque, cases of body/will control, or lack of control. The second paper inquires into whether or not the distinction between representation and substance implies that Augustine held women in a more favorable view than has been previously noticed. The author argues that Augustine did indeed adopt this position. The third and fourth papers, each in its own way, approach the body in Augustine's early writings from the perspective of the soul/body relation and, in one case, accords special attention to the fleshly body of Christ. The fourth paper concludes by briefly discussing how Augustine's view of the body in his early works differs from his mature understanding of it in the De civitate Dei. The session, therefore, come full circle, beginning and ending with Augustine's view of the body in the De civitate Dei.

Marianne Djuth