Visions of the Suprarational: A Study of the Concept of Nous in the Works of Plato and St. Augustine of Hippo
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The question of the actual and exact nature of, on the one hand, the pre-Christian and Hellenic and, on the other, the Greco-Roman and Patristic Christian conceptions of the possibility of contact between the Human Mind and the Supreme Deity, as well as of the objective reality of the phenomena, the genera and the experiences they refer to, are considered by way of detailed analyses of the Attic Greek text of Plato’s Republic (the Politeia) and the Latin texts of St. Augustine’s Confessions and De Trinitate (On the Trinity), and also of various translations of these works. The metaphysics, the cosmologies and the anthropologies found by way of these studies are then compared to one another, and briefly contrasted with the widely held presuppositions of the present day and age, i.e. of Modernity.
Master thesis in Theology. VID specialized University, Stavanger.