Divine Illumination: The History and Future of Augustine's Theory of Knowledge  -     By: Lydia Schumacher
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Divine Illumination: The History and Future of Augustine's Theory of Knowledge

Wiley-Blackwell / 2011 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 0470657421
ISBN-13: 9780470657423
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 02/21/15.
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology

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In Divine Illumination, Schumacher offers an original approach to Augustine's theory of divine illumination, the precondition of all human knowledge. Written with great originality and clarity, she traces the idea through medieval thinkers, into early modernity, and reveals its importance in modern theories of knowledge.   
  • Takes an original approach to reading Augustine's theory of divine illumination and shows how the theory was transformed and reinterpreted in medieval philosophy and theology
  • Presents a groundbreaking way of thinking about the writings of Augustine, Anselm, Bonaventure, Aquinas, and John Duns Scotus, and relates this to cutting edge questions in contemporary philosophy of religion, especially epistemology
  • Is a significant contribution to the history of philosophy but also to contemporary debates on faith and reason
  • Lays the foundation for future efforts to come to terms with the contemporary epistemological situation and its inherent problems

Author Bio

Lydia Schumacher is Research Fellow and a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. She has published articles in The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition, and Universalism (2009); and in The Expository Times, Modern Theology, Lyceum, New Blackfriars and Augustinian Studies. She works as an editor on the forthcoming Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (2011).

Editorial Reviews

"Taking Augustine’s Platonism seriously thus affords a better understanding of Augustine’s theory of knowledge than taking either Aristotelian or Avicennan notions of the intellect as normative."  (Scottish Journal of Theology, 1 July 2014)

"Nonetheless, she has written an important and stimulating book."  (Reviews in Religion and Theology, 1 March 2013)

"This volume merits attention from patristic scholars, medievalists, systematic theologians, and philosophers alike."  (Religious Studies Review, 1 June 2012) 

"Schumacher could very well recommend the epistemological itinerary of the de Trinitate without the challenge of re-writing western intellectual history. I look forward to her next book, which promises to do just that."  (Modern Theology, 1 January 2013)

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