IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 247: Augustine and Anselm on Memory, Will, and God

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Saint Anselm Studies, Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire / International Association for Anselm Studies
Organiser:Montague Brown, Department of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire
Moderator/Chair:Montague Brown, Department of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire
Paper 247-aAugustine on God's Presence to Memory and Will
(Language: English)
Montague Brown, Department of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 247-b'Without which it is never free': Free Will and Justice in Anselm
(Language: English)
Bernd Goebel, Lehrstuhl der Philosophie und Geschichte der Philosophie, Theologische Fakult├Ąt Fulda
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 247-cThe Theological and Anthropological Function of Memory in Anselm's Thought
(Language: English)
Ian Logan, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Abstract

This sessions aims to understand memory and will as found in the thought of Augustine and Anselm. The first paper will focus on Augustine’s reflections on how God is present in memory and the implications of this for God’s relation to will. The second paper will discuss Anselm’s understanding of the operations of the will, with a special focus on Anselm’s claim that justice is a necessary condition for free will (voluntas libera), though not for free choice (liberum arbitrium). The third paper will attempt to deduce how Anselm understood memory to function in man in the light of his treatment of memory in his Trinitarian theology. From this it will seek to determine what implications there may be for Anselm’s anthropology in general and his epistemology in particular.