Events

Current Events

The Philosophy Department presents a second talk by Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Scott MacDonald:
“Remembering God: A Puzzle at the Heart of Augustine’s Confessions” (Zoom link below)
Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. (EST)

The second lecture takes up two special cases for the general theory sketched in the first lecture – the case of our cognitive relations to intelligibles and to God. Augustine has trouble accounting for these cases on the general theory, and tries explicitly to deal with these “exceptions.”

Zoom link:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 18, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://williams.zoom.us/j/7327940334

Past Events

The Philosophy Department presents a talk by Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Scott MacDonald:
“Memory in Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind” [Zoom link below] Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 6 p.m. (EST)


“Memory” (memoria) has a high profile in Augustine’s thinking about the nature of mind. Among other things, it is fundamental to his well known theory of illumination and an essential constituent in his articulation of the Trinitarian image of God in the human mind. But Augustine’s use of ‘memoria’ does not track our ordinary use of ‘memory.’ In his primary use of the term, ‘memoria’ does not refer to a mental capacity or activity which is essentially about past experience. It more nearly tracks our ordinary use of ‘mind,’ and the roles Augustine assigns to memoria make it the centerpiece of his sophisticated theory of mind. Drawing on a variety of texts, but centrally the so-called “treatise on memory” (in Confessions 10), In the first lecture, I set out a unified account of Augustine’s thinking about memoria and set it in the context of his general theory of mind.

Zoom link:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 4, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://williams.zoom.us/j/7327940334