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Title: Plotinus and the Young Augustine on the Fall of the Soul
Subtitle: Beyond O'Connell's Thesis
Author(s): DI LEO, Paolo
Journal: Augustiniana
Volume: 63    Issue: 1-4   Date: 2013   
Pages: 257-288
DOI: 10.2143/AUG.63.1.3013254

Abstract :
This article proposes an alternative to O’Connell’s thesis regarding the young Augustine’s theory of man through a detailed parallel analysis of the Latin text of the De Genesi contra Manichaeos and of the Greek text of the Enneads and illustrates Augustine’s dependence on and at the same time distance from Plotinus’ thought. Through a strictly philological analysis of all the texts under exam the article demonstrates that O’Connell’s conclusions, which for years have stirred a heated debate among scholars, cannot be held. Augustine never thought of man in Paradise as disembodied, as O’Connell suggests, but rather as provided with a body that was different from the one man has on earth.

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