2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Augustinian Memoria and its Influence on Scientia and Sapientia
Thomas K. Hughes
Dr. Patricia Burton, Faculty Mentor

Augustine's On the Trinity provides a robust epistemology. This account shows that only by scientia (theoretical knowledge) can we attune ourselves to sapientia (wisdom) and pursue the acquisition of beata vita - happy life. These truths for Augustine can be found in the storehouses of memoria (memory). Memoria, for Augustine, is not simply remembering or recollecting; it not only reaches into the past, but is active in the present and projects into the future. I assert that this triune function allows for memoria to be a vital component for all epistemic claims; supporting and unifying sapientia, scientia and beata vita. This Augustinian epistemology provides a unifying perspective to the field of philosophy, which includes theology, with the field of science, which not only includes the physical sciences but any theoretical sciences. In this unification, these fields can be set in a dialectic that fosters peaceful civil interactions in the world.

Keywords: Augustine, Memory (memoria), Philosophy, Theology, Science, Civil Interactions, Knowledge (theoretical), Wisdom, Blessed Life

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 8-3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:30

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