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Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body

Nightingale, Andrea

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0226585751 / ISBN 13: 9780226585758
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Titel: Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and ...

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Hardcover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "Two valuable insights lie at the heart of Once Out of Nature . The first is that Augustine is always concerned with the body and embodiment. The second is that Augustine's valuing of, and serious thought about, the body leads to his dual notion of time as experienced in the body, earthly time and psychic time. Nightingale's lucid exposition is an important contribution to the study of Augustine's thought. This is a clear, compelling, and at times quite moving book." Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0226585751

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Inhaltsangabe: Once Out of Nature offers an original interpretation of Augustine?s theory of time and embodiment. Andrea Nightingale draws on philosophy, sociology, literary theory, and social history to analyze Augustine?s conception of temporality, eternity, and the human and transhuman condition.   In Nightingale?s view, the notion of embodiment illuminates a set of problems much larger than the body itself: it captures the human experience of being an embodied soul dwelling on earth. In Augustine?s writings, humans live both in and out of nature?exiled from Eden and punished by mortality, they are ?resident aliens? on earth. While the human body is subject to earthly time, the human mind is governed by what Nightingale calls psychic time. For the human psyche always stretches away from the present moment?where the physical body persists?into memories and expectations. As Nightingale explains, while the body is present in the here and now, the psyche cannot experience self-presence. Thus, for Augustine, the human being dwells in two distinct time zones, in earthly time and in psychic time. The human self, then, is a moving target. Adam, Eve, and the resurrected saints, by contrast, live outside of time and nature: these transhumans dwell in an everlasting present.   Nightingale connects Augustine?s views to contemporary debates about transhumans and suggests that Augustine?s thought reflects our own ambivalent relationship with our bodies and the earth. Once Out of Nature offers a compelling invitation to ponder the boundaries of the human.

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Andrea Nightingale is professor of classics and comparative literature at Stanford University and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in its Cultural Context, among other books.

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