Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


Introduction to St. Augustine

PHGA 5012 Introduction to St. Augustine

Fridays 2:00 - 4:00

 

 

Gyula Klima

Office: 109 Collins Hall

Office hours: TF 13:00-14:00; 16:00-18:00

Extension: 3286

E-mail: klima@fordham.edu

Web: http://faculty.fordham.edu/klima/

 

 

This seminar is going to provide a systematic survey of the main themes of St. Augustine’s philosophy and theology. Topics will include faith and reason, divine illumination,  divine  ideas,  time,  eternity,  and  creation,  the  theology  of  the  Holy Trinity, the nature of the soul, the freedom of the will and divine predestination, good and evil, original sin and divine grace, and human history as the history of salvation. The unifying theme of the discussions will be a synthetic account of St. Augustine’s Neoplatonic Christian anthropology, occasionally contrasted with St. Thomas Aquinas’ Aristotelian Christian anthropology.

 

 

Requirements

Attendance, participation, two tests, 20-page term paper

 

Readings

Required:

Confessions, Penguin, 1961, ISBN 0-14-044114-X

Against the Academics, Hackett, 1995, ISBN 0-87220-212-7

On the Free Choice of the Will, Hackett, 1993, ISBN 0-87220-188-0

On the City of God, Penguin, 1984, ISBN 0-14-044426-2

The Enchiridion, Regnery Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0-89526-703-9


Recommended:

G. Matthews (ed.) The Augustinian Tradition, UC Press, 1999, ISBN 0-520-21001-8

The essential Augustine / selected and with commentary by Vernon J. Bourke, 2d ed. Indianapolis : Hackett Publishing, 1974, ISBN 0-915144-07-7


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