By Timo Nisula
Augustine s principles of sinful wish, together with its sexual manifestations, have fueled controversies for hundreds of years. In "Augustine and the capabilities of Concupiscence," Timo Nisula analyses Augustine s personal theological and philosophical matters in his large writings approximately evil hope ("concupiscentia, cupiditas, libido"). starting with a terminological survey of the vocabulary of hope, the e-book demonstrates how the concept that of evil hope used to be tightly associated with Augustine s basic theological perspectives of divine justice, the starting place of evil, Christian virtues and charm. This e-book deals a complete account of Augustine s constructing perspectives of concupiscence and gives an cutting edge, in-depth photograph of the theological mind's eye at the back of disputed rules of intercourse, temptation and ethical accountability.
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Fem. 1, 9. anim. 16. As a rule, Tertullian’s Old Latin Bible translated Greek ἐπιθυµία with concupiscentia, see adv. Marc. 3, 14, 3; 3, 18, 5; 4, 40, 1; anim. 40, 2–4, idol. 2, 3, pudic. 6; 17, 2. Old Latin translations seem to have favoured full and massive nouns. Rönsch 1875, 471. Barnes conjectures (1971, 29) that de anima reflects knowledge of Soranus’ lost work on the same subject (Περὶ ψυχῆς). 79 adv. Marc. 4, 40 1. In Greek, the verse runs as following: ἐπιθυµίᾳ ἐπεθύµησα τοῦτο το πάσχα φαγεῖν µεθ´ ὑµῶν.
Tusc. e. laetitia. g. in ciu. 14, 15 uoluptatem uero praecedit appetitus quidam, qui sentitur in carne quasi cupiditas eius, sicut fames et sitis et ea, quae in genitalibus usitatius libido nominatur, cum hoc sit generale uocabulum omnis cupiditatis. See also c. Iul. 3, 48 where the goal of Epicurean ethics is seen in uoluptas: Epicureus […] ille totum hominis bonum in corporis posuit uoluptate. g. Gn. litt. 10, 12, 20, where the word appears to be a neutral or a positive desire for ‘spiritual’ or divine things: sed tamen carnem sine anima concupiscere nihil posse puto quod omnis doctus indoctusque non dubitet.
Latin Christian Literature This section offers an analysis of three Latin Christian writers and their uses of the word groups concerning desire. 65 In the following concise outline, the focus will be primarily on the use of concupiscentia and concupisco, but something will also be said of cupiditas and libido. 66 The first occurrences of the noun concupiscentia are found in the writings of Tertullian, who uses it rather frequently, and more or less according to the senses that the verbal stem had in the previous Latin literature.
Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence by Timo Nisula