By Andrea Nightingale

Once Out of Nature deals an unique interpretation of Augustine’s thought of time and embodiment. Andrea Nightingale attracts on philosophy, sociology, literary conception, and social heritage to research Augustine’s perception of temporality, eternity, and the human and transhuman condition.


In Nightingale’s view, the suggestion of embodiment illuminates a suite of difficulties a lot better than the physique itself: it captures the human event of being an embodied soul residing on the earth. In Augustine’s writings, people reside either out and in of nature—exiled from Eden and punished through mortality, they're “resident extraterrestrial beings” on the earth. whereas the human physique is topic to earthly time, the human brain is ruled by means of what Nightingale calls psychic time. For the human psyche consistently stretches clear of the current moment—where the actual physique persists—into thoughts and expectancies. As Nightingale explains, whereas the physique is found in the the following and now, the psyche can't event self-presence. therefore, for Augustine, the man or woman dwells in distinctive time zones, in earthly time and in psychic time. The human self, then, is a relocating target. Adam, Eve, and the resurrected saints, in contrast, reside open air of time and nature: those transhumans live in a permanent present.


Nightingale connects Augustine’s perspectives to modern debates approximately transhumans and means that Augustine’s notion displays our personal ambivalent courting with bodies and the earth. Once Out of Nature deals a compelling invitation to examine the bounds of the human.

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