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dc.contributor.advisorPollmann, Karla
dc.contributor.authorHaverkamp, Simon L. H.
dc.description.abstractThesis analyses the reception of Augustine of Hippo's (354-430) ontological discourse on the soul in late antiquity and the early middle ages, more specifically in the sixth and the ninth centuries. Since Augustine never wrote a 'De anima', nor always presented his readers with definite answers to questions, there was room for later authors to interpret and improvise. This thesis focuses on 4 texts: Cassiodorus Senator's 'De anima', Eugippius of Lucculanum's massive florilegium the 'Excerpta ex operibus Sancti Augustini', both from the sixth century, Gottschalk of Orbais' letter 'Quaestiones de anima', and John Scottus Eriugena's apologetic 'De divina praedestinatione liber', both from the ninth century. This thesis establishes that, apart from Cassiodorus, the author's main interest in Augustine's ideas on the ontology of the soul rests on the way it impinges on their contemporary predestination debates. Cassiodorus consciously wanted to produce a Christian De anima in a classical vein. Especially the question of the origin of the soul takes the interest of Eugippius and Gottschalk. This is an important question for predestination debates, since it is supposed to explain technically how original sin came to be universal. Augustine never found a satisfactory answer to this thorny question. Eriugena's genius lies in building an original ontology of the soul on Augustine's own foundations which sidesteps this problem of the origin of the soul entirely.en_US
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dc.subjectAugustine of Hippoen_US
dc.subjectGottschalk of Orbaisen_US
dc.subjectJohn Scott Eriugenaen_US
dc.subjectReception historyen_US
dc.subjectThe soul (ontology of, origin of)en_US
dc.subjectLate antiquityen_US
dc.subjectEarly Middle Agesen_US
dc.subjectOriginal sinen_US
dc.subject.lcshAugustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo--Contributions in the concept of the soulen_US
dc.subject.lcshCassiodorus, Senator, ca. 487-ca. 580en_US
dc.subject.lcshGottschalk, of Orbais, ca. 803-ca. 867en_US
dc.subject.lcshErigena, Johannes Scotus, ca. 810-ca. 877en_US
dc.subject.lcshSoul--Christianity--History of doctrinesen
dc.title'Si Adam et Eva peccaverunt, quid nos miseri fecimus?' : the reception of Augustine's ontological discourse on the soul in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorLeverhulme Trusten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorPrins Bernhard Cultuurfondsen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorKetel 1 Studiefondsen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorRadboud Wetenschappelijk Onderwijsfondsen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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