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The Mystery of the Human Being in Augustine: in Quest of the Foundations of an Apophatic Anthropology (2015-2016)

Field of study: Philosophy, Theology, Classics

The purpose of this research is to examine whether and in what sense one could identify an apophatic approach to the human being in Augustine’s writings. It also explores the relationship between the negative theology and the negative anthropology in Augustine’s thinking. Augustine’s conception of human interiority as dwelling place of the divine, his reflections on the deepness of the heart, on
illumination, on transfiguration through love or divinisation of the human being, bring to light fundamental traits of a genuine apophatic discourse.

Keywords: apophatic theology, apophatic anthropology, ineffability, unknowability, interiority, heart, illumination, love, charity, divinisation, image, likeness.

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