Sunday, 3 May 2015

Nikolaos Loudovikos: What is Ecstatic Will?: Maximus the Confessor, Augustine, and the Unconscious

This paper aspires to search out the meaning of the term ‘natural' in Maximus the Confessor's use of the concept of ‘natural will', seeking to show that there is a sense in which we can refer to this kind of will as ecstatic. There also exists a concept of ecstatic will in Augustine's thought. However, these two concepts do not appear to be identical, nor do the respective notions of ecstasis that they presuppose seem to bear resemblance to each other. This essay will also try to decipher the necessary emergence of the concept of the unconscious in context with these two apparently different conceptions of the will. Are these two concepts of the unconscious complimentary?

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