Abstract

Abstract:

The focus of this paper is Augustine's account of how God is present in memory and the implications of this for God's relation to the will. The central text is Book X of the Confessions, but reference is made to other texts, in particular, a passage from the Tractates on the Gospel of John. There are four parts. The first part is a brief consideration of Augustine's method—always grounded in the faith revealed in Scripture—and how it is engaged in this passage from the Confessions. Part two traces the phenomenology of memory as Augustine develops it in Book X, leading to the discovery of God's presence. Part three develops the theme of divine illumination as it bears on intellect and will. The final section considers some implications of Augustine's thinking for our understanding of memory, God, freedom, and the moral life.

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ISSN
1545-3367
Print ISSN
2689-6230
Pages
pp. 1-17
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-27
Open Access
No
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