Remembering Augustine: The Architectonic Structure of His Theology of Memoria

Stephenson, Christine Felicidad (2023) Remembering Augustine: The Architectonic Structure of His Theology of Memoria. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Augustine recognized memory to be pivotal in his journey to know and understand God and in his remembrance of God. His theology of memoria is complex, multi-faceted, and best described in Confessiones X. Architectonics, an investigatory “tool” used to examine Augustinian memory, reveals in greater depth Augustine’s logical, profound, and multi-faceted approach in his interrogation of memory. Architectonics has unveiled four main neoteric discoveries. First, the architectonic structure of memory which elucidates the foundational pillars of memory in Conf. X and his earlier writings. These occur in a particular sequence: location of memoria, power of memory, sense-perception, teaching/learning, recollection and forgetfulness, images, phantasiae and phantasmata, transiency of memory, the beata vita. Second, Arc-hitectonics (Arc) and memory where Arc, a unique memory gene involved in neuronal communications, identifies a potential genomic memory process that provides knowledge regarding the inner workings of memory. Third, architectonics, time, and memory where a model for the simultaneity of the three cardinal “moments” of time - creation, the Incarnation, and eternity, with temporal time - past, present, and future, and physical time illustrated by the Arc gene. Arc in physical time intercalates with eternity and temporal time. Four, the theory of recapitulation where XIII recapitulates I-XII as viewed through creation and other motifs present in Confessiones. The architectonic investigation of Augustinian memory provokes a new way of thinking about memory and Confessiones – a re-thinking of Augustine’s theology of memoria.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Cunningham, Conor
Burdett, Michael
Keywords: Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, 354-430 Confessiones
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 76434
Depositing User: Stephenson, Christine
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 14:04
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 14:04

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