A journal of academic theology

Veiled and Unveiled Beauty: Imagination in Augustine’s Esthetics

The article addresses the tension between two different approaches to Augustine’s esthetics: a contemplative esthetics of divine beauty and an incarnate esthetics of created beauty. An examination of Augustine’s theory of the imagination demonstrates the complementary nature of these two approaches. Contemporary theorists (such as Robert J. O’Connell and Carol Harrison) fail to provide an adequate account of Augustine’s esthetics because they adopt one approach at the expense of the other.

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