Antonio Carron, new Doctor of Philosophy with a thesis on the influence of Saint Augustine
A young Augustinian Recollect Antonio Carron defended his doctoral dissertation last June 1st at the University of Philosophy and Letters of Granada (Spain). The panel gave the highest rating of Outstanding with Honors to his doctoral dissertation. His work was entitled “Maria Zambrano and St. Augustine: Clarity of the Person and the Transparency of the Heart”.
The dissertation explores the influence of the Augustinian thought in the work of Maria Zambrano, the most important Spanish philosopher of the 20th century. In the introduction of his work - which will be soon published – the author says, “St. Augustine is one of those philosophers whose ideas are always relevant, always alive through the years. His ideas become even more compelling during significant cultural crises. Now that we are going through the most radical uncertainties in the history of the humanity, the thoughts of the Bishop of Hipona can serve as the point of reference for a philosophy that needs to be adapted to the new times. Serving as a witness to this and as an example, this study aims to point out the influence of Augustine in Maria Zambrano, one of the most representatives and original thinkers of the new West.”
The dissertation explores the influence of the Augustinian thought in the work of Maria Zambrano, the most important Spanish philosopher of the 20th century. Maria Zambrano, recipient of the Prince of Asturias in Humanities award in 1981 and of Cervantes in 1988, is a significant figure in the Spanish Culture. Having been a student of Ortega y Gasset, of Zubiri and of Garcia Morente, she synthesizes the western philosophical tradition: the existential, the phenomenological and vitalist, the philosophy of Spinoza and that of the Greeks, inspired in the thoughts of Plotino. Her affinity with the orphic thinkers and neoplatonics, the metaphorical use of the great traditional symbols brought her to the formulation of concepts like that of the “poetic reason”, which constitutes one of the fundamental underpinnings of her thoughts. What is being pointed out is the creation of the person through a methodology which is articulated in that poetic reason. Being seen without seeing, confronted with a reality that remains hidden; the human being, for Maria Zambrano, is able to see his surroundings, but not himself.
NOVEMBER 2008 · ITALY. Another Augustinian Recollect obtains a doctoral degree at the Gregorian University in Rome
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Life of St. Augustine Augustine (354-430), an Algerian, was born to a pagan father, Patricius, and a Christian mother, Monica. He was educated in the North African cities of Tagaste, Madaura and Cartago. He entered the Catholic Church though baptism in 387. He was ordained to the priesthood of Hippo in 391 and bishop of the same city in 395.
Works of saint Augustine Considerada en conjunto como antropología teológica, de su obra puede decirse que es la pionera del humanismo cristiano. En ella, penetrada por la Sagrada Escritura, la condición humana aparece tan valiosa, que constituye incluso uno de los pilares que sostienen la búsqueda y descubrimiento de Dios.