Augustinian Perspectives
in the Renaissance

By Åke Bergvall
December 2001
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 91-554-5177-2
234 pages
$50.50 paper original

The study investigates four areas in which the Augustinian presence was felt throughout the Renaissance: psychology, epistemology, the arts, and politics (one chapter is devoted to each area). Augustine's intellectual and spiritual development is interpreted as consisting of an early Plotinian period and a later Pauline period. These influences resulted in two partially contradictory perspectives: one predominantly vertical (incorporeal and ahistorical), the other more horizontal (taking into account the vicisitudes of time and history. The argument of the study is that these two paradigms influenced the Renaissance in different ways, traceable in its literature.

History; Literature
Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia, No. 117

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