Gustaui et esurio et sitio: Augustine and the Spiritual Taste

Huian, Georgiana (2018). Gustaui et esurio et sitio: Augustine and the Spiritual Taste. In: Tat, Alin (ed.) Homo viator. Perspective ecumenice în antropologie (Homo viator. Ecumenical Perspectives in Anthropology) (pp. 73-92). Cluj-Napoca: Napoca Star

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My investigation considers a certain passage from Augustine’s Confessions (10.27.38) as exegetical key allowing the revisiting of the topic of spiritual senses or senses of the heart. It aims to prove that the experience of taste can be viewed as an example of the most intimate receptivity of the human being to God, and that the natural disposition of the spiritual taste is being hungry and being thirsty of divine sweetness. Comparing this passage to other passages from Augustine’s works, I will analyse how the motif of “hunger” is used to convey the human longing for the divine presence. A wider contextualisation for the experience of hunger through the spiritual taste can be reconstructed while examining the images of spiritual nourishment.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Old Catholic Theology [discontinued]

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Huian, Georgiana


100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 240 Christian practice & observance




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Georgiana Huian

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2018 11:04

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05 Dec 2022 15:18




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