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O'Connell, Robert J.

Overview
Works: 46 works in 202 publications in 2 languages and 10,430 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Harmonies  Meditations  Biography  Concordances 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: BR65.A9, 270.2092
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Most widely held works by Robert J O'Connell
St. Augustine's Confessions; the Odyssey of soul by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2003 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and the Christian intelligence in St. Augustine by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

15 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Augustine's early theory of man, A.D. 386-391 by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1994 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical note: O'ConnellRobert J.: Robert J. O'Connell is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of St. Augustine's Early Theory of Man and St. Augustine's "Confessions": The Odyssey of Soul
William James on the courage to believe by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William James' lecture on "The Will to Believe" has kindled spirited controversy. In this reappraisal of that controversy, Father O'Connell contributes some : that James' argument should be viewed against his indebtedness to Pascal and Renouvier; that it works primarily to validate our "over-beliefs" ; and most surprising perhaps, that James envisages our "passional nature" as intervening, not after, but before and throughout, our intellectual weighing of the evidence for belief. --From publisher's description
Teilhard's vision of the past : the making of a method by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of the soul in St. Augustine's later works by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

12 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Flaptekst] This book rounds off Robert O'Connell's study of St. Augustine's view of the human condition, begun in St. Augustine's Early Theory of Man, A.D. 386-391, and continued in St. Augustine's Confessions : The Odyssey of Soul. The central thesis of the first book, and the guiding hypothesis of the second, proposed that Augustine thought of us, in "Plotinian" terms, as "fallen souls," and that in all sincerity he interpreted the teachings of Scripture as reflecting that same view. Professor O'Connell sees the weightiest objection to his proposition as stemming from what scholars generally agree to be Augustine's firm rejection of that view in his later works. The central contention of this new book is that Augustine did indeed reject his earlier theory, but only for a short time. He came to see the text of Romans 9:11, apparently, as compelling that rejection. But, then, his firm belief that all humans are guilty of Original Sin would have left traducianism as his only acceptable way of understanding the origin of sinful human souls. The materialistic cast of traducianism, however, always repelled Augustine. Hence, he struggles to elaborate a fresh interpretation of Romans 9:11, and he eventually finds one that permits him to return to a slightly revised version of his earlier view. That theory, Professor O'Connell argues, is encased in both the De civitate Dei and the final version of the De Trinitate. This terse summary barely hints at the richness and substance of detail contained in the present work. Professor O'Connell begins with a minute analysis of the third book of the De libero arbitrio, and then of the letters and works ostensibly supporting rival chronological patterns, which he must overturn in order to make his case. Finally, in the light of his findings, he offers fresh interpretations of Augustine's three mature masterpieces, De Genesi ad litteram, De Trinitate, and De civitate Dei. These, along with Professor O'Connell's contention that Augustine's anti-Pelagian De peccatorum meritis et remissione must have seen publication no earlier than A.D. 416/417, will doubtless fuel scholarly debate for some time. Indeed, Pelagianism made the question of the soul's origin so pivotal for Augustine that few major features of his later thinking escaped the eddies created by the resulting controversy. Consequently, few of our current interpretations of St. Augustine are likely to remain unaffected by the results of this searching and provocative study
Plato on the human paradox by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagination and metaphysics in St. Augustine by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soundings in St. Augustine's imagination by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images of conversion in St. Augustine's Confessions by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissection of Augustine's imagery discloses a chain of striking connections between these conversions. Each of them, for instance, features a return to a woman - now a bridal, now a maternal figure, and finally, a mysterious stand-in for Divine Wisdom, both bridal and maternal. Unsurprisingly, conversion-imagery also provokes a fresh estimate of the sexual component in Augustine's religious biography; but the sexual aspect is balanced by Augustine's insistent stress on the "vanity" of his worldly ambitions. Perhaps most arresting of all is Father O'Connell's analysis showing that the text that Augustine read from Romans consisted of not only two, but four verses: hence the dramatic procession of images which make up the structure of the Confessions, Book VII; hence, too, the presence, subtle but real, of those same image-complexes in the Dialogues Augustine composed soon after his conversion in A.D. 386
The giants of philosophy by Robert J O'Connell( Recording )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an audio documentary on the life and theories of philosopher and theologian Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. Explains his systematic approach to Christian philosophy and his efforts to combine the insights of Plato with the faith explicated in the Bible
Saint Augustine's Platonism by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citadel of wisdom : a meditative study of Our Lady by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Plato's metaphysics by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That secular city : three essays( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introductory metaphysics; a course combining matter treated in ontology, cosmology, and natural theology by Avery Dulles( Book )

4 editions published in 1955 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Augustine's early theory of man by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concordance of the Synoptic Gospels : in seven colors by Xavier Léon-Dufour( Book )

3 editions published between 1956 and 1957 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pamphlets are located in the pamphlet section, in the box labeled with the first heading listed below under Subjects. Pamphlets are for in library use only. Special permission to borrow the pamphlets may be granted by the librarians
Saint Augustine's early theory of man, A.D. 386-391 by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint Augustine's Confessions : the Odyssey of soul by Robert J O'Connell( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Art and the Christian intelligence in St. Augustine
Alternative Names
O'Connell, Robert J. SJ.

Languages
English (172)

Spanish (1)

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Art and the Christian intelligence in St. AugustineWilliam James on the courage to believeThe origin of the soul in St. Augustine's later worksPlato on the human paradoxImagination and metaphysics in St. AugustineSoundings in St. Augustine's imaginationImages of conversion in St. Augustine's ConfessionsThe giants of philosophy