Session1616
TitlePatristics and Cognitive Sciences: Moving the Borders of Research
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserVladimir Ivanovici, Institut für Kirchengeschichte, Christliche Archäologie und Kirchliche Kunst, Universität Wien / Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Universita' della Svizzera italiana
 
Moderator/ChairUta Heil, Institut für Kirchengeschichte, Christliche Archäologie und Kirchliche Kunst, Universität Wien
 
Paper 1616-a Christian Incubation and Cognitive Science of Religion: Possibilities and Problems
(Language: English)
Mark Beumer, Faculty of Medicine, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index Terms: Anthropology; Byzantine Studies; Medicine; Religious Life
Paper 1616-b Patristics and the (Interdisciplinary) Study of Emotion
(Language: English)
Vladimir Ivanovici, Institut für Kirchengeschichte, Christliche Archäologie und Kirchliche Kunst, Universität Wien / Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Universita' della Svizzera italiana
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Lay Piety; Liturgy; Religious Life
 
AbstractWhile scholars focusing on early Christianity have adapted concepts and methodologies developed across the Cognitive Sciences, Patristic scholars have been more reluctant to follow this path, despite the Church Fathers' lasting views on how body, mind, and affect function, and their shaping of the way Christians interact with the divine through the setting up of rituals that stimulated all aspects of embodied existence. The papers in this section use instruments developed in the Cognitive Sciences to review how late antique Church Fathers understood and sought to control various aspects of embodied existence (i.e., thoughts, dreaming, emotion). The session seeks to explore the possibilities and limits of this approach, thus redrawing the margins of research in Patristics.