Augustine and Psychology

Augustine and Psychology

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The essays in Augustine and Psychology, edited by Sandra Lee Dixon, John Doody, and Kim Paffenroth, relate St. Augustine to the modern theory and practice of psychology in several ways. The contributors analyze Augustine's own examination of himself (and occasionally others) to see to what extent he himself was a "doctor" or practiced "therapy" in ways that we can recognize and appreciate; they find connections between his theories of memory and mind, and modern theories of the same; they consider the influences and context in which he worked, and how those affected him and his ideas of the mind and soul; and, lastly, the contributors subject St. Augustine to the scrutiny of modern psychoanalysis (and critique such scrutiny where appropriate).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 24mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 Tables, unspecified
  • 0739179187
  • 9780739179185
  • 1,177,680

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Journey to Simplicity: Augustine and the Plural Experiences of the Soul Todd Breyfogle Chapter 2: Teaching Freud and Interpreting Augustine's Confessions Sandra Lee Dixon Chapter 3: Reading Augustine, Monica, Milan with Attention to Cultural Interpretation and Psychological Theory Sandra Lee Dixon Chapter 4: St. Augustine: Archetypes of Family Anne Hunsaker Hawkins Chapter 5: Between Two Worlds Morton Kelsey Chapter 6: Augustine among the Ancient Therapists Paul R. Kolbet Chapter 7: Augustine and Freud: The Secularization of Self-Deception Margaret R. Miles Chapter 8: Augustine and Dopamine Daniel B. Morehead Chapter 9: Tears of Grief and Joy: Chronological Sequence and the Structure of Confessions, Book 9 Kim Paffenroth Chapter 10: On Seeing the Light: Assessing Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Vision in Augustine's Confessions William B. Parsons Chapter 11: Augustine's Extraordinary Theory of Memory Raymond J. Shaw
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Review quote

This impressive collection of new and classic essays connects Augustine's thought with Freudian theory, philosophical psychology, neuroscience, and related inquiries. Augustine and Psychology is a fine addition to a distinguished series. -- William Werpehowski This collection of illuminating essays reminds us that St. Augustine remains our contemporary: a writer who understood our sense of fragmentation, our longing for wholeness, and our intuitions of the way that leads there. -- Paul J. Contino, Pepperdine University
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About John Doody

Sandra Lee Dixon is associate professor of psychology of religion at the University of Denver. John Doody is professor of philosophy and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Kim Paffenroth is professor of religious studies at Iona College.
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