IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 704: Happiness in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Joseph Stenberg, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Pavel Blažek, Historisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Paper 704-aHappiness, Affectio, and External Goods in Augustine
(Language: English)
Tomas Ekenberg, Filosofiska Institutionen, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 704-bGodfrey of Fontaine on Perfect Happiness: Vision and Delight?
(Language: English)
Alexander Stöpfgeshoff, Filosofiska Institutionen, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 704-cJohn Buridan on Earthly Happiness
(Language: English)
Joseph Stenberg, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Index terms: Philosophy, Political Thought
Abstract

Happiness (beatitudo and/or felicitas) figures prominently in theological and philosophical discussions of ethics in the Middle Ages. Philosophers and theologians addressed a range of issues related to happiness. This session covers a sampling of those issues. Alexander Stöpfgeshoff will discuss Godfrey of Fontaine’s conception of perfect, heavenly happiness, ultimately arguing that Godfrey maintains that it consists both in the vision of God and delight in God. Joseph Stenberg will address John Buridan’s account of earthly happiness, with its Aristotelian and Stoic influences. Tomas Ekenberg will discuss the role of affectio and external goods in Augustine’s understanding of happiness.