Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence by Timo Nisula

By Timo Nisula

Augustine s principles of sinful hope, together with its sexual manifestations, have fueled controversies for hundreds of years. In "Augustine and the features of Concupiscence," Timo Nisula analyses Augustine s personal theological and philosophical matters in his broad writings approximately evil wish ("concupiscentia, cupiditas, libido"). starting with a terminological survey of the vocabulary of wish, the ebook demonstrates how the concept that of evil wish used to be tightly associated with Augustine s primary theological perspectives of divine justice, the beginning of evil, Christian virtues and charm. This ebook deals a entire account of Augustine s constructing perspectives of concupiscence and gives an leading edge, in-depth photograph of the theological mind's eye at the back of disputed principles of intercourse, temptation and ethical accountability.

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12, 13, 2. ira 1, 8, 6. Or timor in 1, 10, 1 and in epist. 101, 8: ex hac autem indigentia timor nascitur et cupiditas futuri exedens animum. See also benef. 2, 14, 1; epist. 117, 25. 49 dial. 11, 9, 5; epist. 7, 7. 50 dial. 12, 11, 4; benef. 7, 10, 3; epist. 16, 9. Cf. clem. 2, 1, 4. 51 benef. 2, 14, 1. See also ira 1, 3, 2. 52 dial. 12, 10, 2 corporis exigua desideria sunt: frigus summoveri volt, alimentis famem ac sitim extinguere; quidquid extra concupiscitur, vitiis, non usibus laboratur. Cf.

12, 20, 1 libido vindictae; hist. 2, 62, 1 epularum foeda et inexplebilis libido; 4, 42, 4 libido sanguinis; 4, 49, 3 adulandi libidine. 23 Liv. 6, 20, 5 regni; 6, 6, 1 agri; 5, 5, 2 ulciscendi; 28, 43, 5 gloriae; 1, 9, 16 cupiditate atque amore. 24 Liv. 34, 4, 8. 25 Liv. 7, 9, 4 prava. 26 Liv. 42, 11, 3. 27 Caes. civ. 3, 74, 2 pugnandi; Gall. 1, 2, 1 regni; 1, 41, 1 belli gerendi; 6, 22, 3 pecuniae; 7, 50, 4 gloriae. 28 Sall. Catil. 2, 1; 5, 4; 21, 4 and 11, 3; 55, 33. In their context, both words refer to material or economical lust, and ‘greed’ would be a good English equivalent.

6, 34; Noe 15, 51; bon. mort. 12, 55; Iac. 1, 1, 3–4; epist. 7, 31. g. Noe 25, 93; Ioseph 4, 19 vera scientia; in psalm. 118, serm. 3, 33 bona cupiditas. g. Noe 10, 34; 15, 53; Abr. 2, 4, 13; 2, 9, 67; Nab. 2, 26; in psalm 45, 9, 1; epist. 57, 3. 130 The frequence analysis of CAG2 gives 1760 hits for concupiscentia, 1180 hits for cupiditas and 983 hits for libido. These figures include Bible quotations. 131 The frequence analysis of concupisco in CAG2 gives 1312 hits. Cf. this to the 998 hits of the standard, wide-ranging cupio which has not been included in the present analysis because of its more neutral connotations compared to those of the terms concupiscentia, libido, and cupiditas.

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