On the occasion of the 900th Anniversary of the death of Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm is organising a Symposium entitled, "Knowledge and affectus in St. Anselm of Aosta", from the 21st to the 22nd of April, 2009.
The Symposium's objective is to examine the relationship between desire and knowledge as revealed in the works of St. Anselm, with particular reference to his letters and prayers and their context in his life.
Research for the Symposium would seek to investigate in an anthropological light St Anselm's conception of truth from a theological and philosophical perspective but would also be open to mystical, psychological and pedagogical contributions. The focus of the research would be twofold. First, affectus and knowledge treated from various angles; such as desire or aspiration (as towards an ideal or longing), affecto (of friendship or love), effetti (joy, consolation - suffering, affliction) and experience, interior or spiritual. Secondly, knowledge treated as intellectus (wisdom, contemplation), ratio (necessity, logic) and cogitatio (thinking about one's condition).
Contributions should be oriented predominantly towards a monastic perspective and the reality of Anselm's thought.
Papers offered may be of two types:
Lectures of no more than 30 mins. (Speakers will be selected by the Scientific Committee.)
Communications of no more than 15 mins, which are unrestricted.
Those interested in presenting a paper should forward their request and an abstract in the language of their choice to the Scientific Committee; which is made up of professors P. Engelbert, E Salmann, R. Nardin and A. Simon, no later than the 15th of December, 2008.
Rev. Fr. Alfredo Simón, osb
Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy
Piazza Cavalieri di Malta, 5
00153 Rome, Italy
tel. 0039 06 57911
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