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Augustin en Espagne (XVe-XVIIIe): religion, politique, esthétique – Augustin

Submission summary

Scientific background and objectives Description of project, methodology Expected results Strangely enough, Augustinism, which is essential in the study of seventeenth-century French philosophy and literature, is almost absent from the research in Spanish Studies over the same period. Though Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism and Thomism are commonly referred to when addressing the intellectual discourses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Augustinism is never put forward to explain these literary and philosophical productions. Its existence is not challenged but it is usually ignored because taken for granted. At best, some critics may mention Augustine's influence in passing, pointing out occasional and diffuse signs of Augustinism, but they never fully question it. It is a major mistake as demonstrated in our doctoral thesis. We highlighted the utmost relevance of Augustinism in the works of Ausiàs March, Juan Luis Vivès, Huarte de San Juan, López Pinciano, and showed how Augustinism paves the way for truly innovative readings of their texts and even provides indispensable clues to solve a few problems that had so far defied general understanding. The conclusions we reached in our thesis have since been confirmed by the seminar held by the Research Team working on Spanish Classical Philosophy (CERPHI-UMR 5037). Our collective discussions have shown the necessity to address this long-neglected issue in Spanish studies which is bound to foster rich and challenging interpretations. Our methodology reflects the pluridisciplinarity which has long been one of the founding principles of the Spanish Classical Philosophy Seminar. Wishing to avoid the disciplinary segmentation which too often affects research in Arts and Human and Social Sciences, we will resort to literary criticism, social and cultural studies, together with the locating and analysis of primary source materials and public records, as well as that of secondary sources in libraries (the location and inventory of Augustine's manuscripts, books and pseudo-epigraphs have already been planned), and last but not least we will also take into account the philosophical debate in Spain's Golden Age. This is why we propose the following two objectives : We wish to launch a major collective debate on the subject and our policy will be twofold : 1) we will hold a monthly seminar (which started in 2004-2005 already) which will be complemented by an international conference at the ENS-LSH (scheduled autumn 2008). The Conference will enable us to confront our results with the interpretations of the most important international researchers on the subject gathering in Lyon. 2) We then plan to publish the conclusions of the seminar members, to be distinguished from the Conference Acts (which will be published separately), in a 500-page book (approximately 120 000 words). Such a book, assessing Augustine's influence on Spanish thought between the XVth and the XVIIIth centuries, would be a milestone in Spanish and Philosophy Studies in Europe, and as such, an indispensable reference book to be on a par with Marcel Bataillon's Erasmus and Spain.

Project coordination

Marina MESTRE ZARAGOZA (Autre établissement d’enseignement supérieur)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


Help of the ANR 56,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 48 Months

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