Volume 13, Issue Supplement, 2015

Dualismes: Doctrines religieuses et traditions philosophiques

Isabelle Bochet
Pages 517-522

Dépasser le dualisme
le concept augustinien de natura

The Augustinian definition of the concept of natura rules out any form of dualism : all nature depends on God, it is what God wanted ; but, in the case of man, nature changes according to the actual relation to God, just as the image of God in the soul can be distorted by sin or reshaped by grace. This historical conception of nature sets Augustine against the Manichaean and Pelagian conception of nature as a static datum.