Session704
TitleHappiness in the Middle Ages
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserJoseph Stenberg, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
 
Moderator/ChairPavel Blažek, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
 
Paper 704-a Happiness, Affectio, and External Goods in Augustine
(Language: English)
Tomas Ekenberg, Filosofiska Institutionen, Uppsala universitet
Index Terms: Philosophy; Theology
Paper 704-b Godfrey of Fontaine on Perfect Happiness: Vision and Delight?
(Language: English)
Alexander Stöpfgeshoff, Filosofiska Institutionen, Uppsala universitet
Index Terms: Philosophy; Theology
Paper 704-c John Buridan on Earthly Happiness
(Language: English)
Joseph Stenberg, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Index Terms: Philosophy; Political Thought
 
AbstractHappiness (beatitudo and/or felicitas) figures prominently in theological and philosophical discussions of ethics in the Middle Ages. Philosophers and theologians addressed a range of issues related to happiness. This session covers a sampling of those issues. Alexander Stöpfgeshoff will discuss Godfrey of Fontaine's conception of perfect, heavenly happiness, ultimately arguing that Godfrey maintains that it consists both in the vision of God and delight in God. Joseph Stenberg will address John Buridan's account of earthly happiness, with its Aristotelian and Stoic influences. Tomas Ekenberg will discuss the role of affectio and external goods in Augustine's understanding of happiness.