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Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence (Timo Nisula) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2012) 9789004231689
Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence (Timo Nisula) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2012) 9789004231689
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Title: Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence

Author: Nisula, Timo

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004231689

Volumes: 1; Pages: 420

List Price in Cloth: $220.00 Our price: $182.99

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Augustine?s ideas of sinful desire, including its sexual manifestations, have fueled controversies for centuries. In The Functions of Concupiscence in Augustine, Timo Nisula analyses Augustine?s own theological and philosophical concerns in his extensive writings about evil desire (concupiscentia, cupiditas, libido).Beginning with a terminological survey of the vocabulary of desire, the book demonstrates how the concept of evil desire was tightly linked with Augustine?s fundamental theological views of divine justice, the origin of evil, Christian virtues and grace.This book offers a comprehensive account of Augustine?s developing views of concupiscence and provides an innovative, in-depth picture of the theological imagination behind disputed ideas of sex, temptation and moral responsibility. Table of Contents1. Introduction2. The Language of Desire3. Paradise and Punishment4. The Root and Matrix of Sin5. Concupiscentia and Philosophical Traditions of Emotions6. Grace and Renewal ? The Domestication of Concupiscentia7. Conclusion8. Bibliography
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