Mateusz Stróżyński

Mateusz Stróżyński
Adam Mickiewicz University | UAM · Institute of Classical Philology

Ph.D. (hab.)

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Introduction
I'm interested in spiritual exercises and contemplation in Plotinus and Augustine. I also study Angela of Foligno and relationships between philosophy, mysticism, and heresy in the Middle Ages. Currently, I'm writing a book on spiritual exercises in Augustine's "Confessions", developing ideas already presented in some of published papers. I'm also preparing for an international conference which I'm organizing on June the 9-10th, about the self, contemplation, and spiritual exercise in Plotinus.
Additional affiliations
October 2007 - present
Adam Mickiewicz University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Assistant professor since 2007, associate professor since 2017.
Education
September 2010 - June 2014
Cracow Psychodynamic Center/Krakowskie Centrum Psychodynamiczne
Field of study
  • psychodynamic psychotherapy
October 2007 - June 2010
Adam Mickiewicz University
Field of study
  • psychology
October 2002 - February 2007
Adam Mickiewicz University
Field of study
  • classical studies

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Publications (53)
Poster
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The online conference "The presence of Plotinus: the self, contemplation, and spiritual exercise in the Enneads" to be held at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. For further details concerning online participation please contact Mateusz Stróżyński: monosautos@gmail.com
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Conference on Apuleius and his reception, held at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań on 2 June 2021. Online participation is also possible - please, contact Mateusz Stróżyński monosautos@gmail.com
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This is a submitted version of the article published in Mnemosyne (Advanced Articles). The published article can be accessed on Mnemosyne website: https://brill.com/view/journals/mnem/aop/article-10.1163-1568525X-12342768/article-10.1163-1568525X-12342768.xml Abstract: The purpose of the article is to demonstrate that the ascent of the soul as on...
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The article examines the nature of the self in Plotinus' philosophy and particularly what scholars have called the mobile or fluid self, as opposed to the static, hierarchical structure of the individual soul. This freely moving self, able to fall into the sensible realm and return to the One, is one of the most intriguing ideas of Plotinus. Howeve...
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The article discusses the coexistence of two forms of Christian mysticism – metaphysical and relational – in The Book of Angela of Foligno. The metaphysical type, associated with the Neoplatonic philosophy, is probably inspired by The Soul’s Journey Into God by Saint Bonaventure who describes the experience of God as viewing existence or being (ess...
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The article analyzes the friendship narratives contained in Books Two, Three and Four of Augustine’s Confessions , treating them not as biographical accounts, but as illustrations of Augustine’s philosophical ideas, namely, the fall of the soul and the role played in it by love. All those narratives seem to describe a homoerotic dimension of friend...
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The first complete Polish translation of all Augustine's sermons for Christmas and Epiphany with an introduction and commentary.
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A chapter from a book about the translations of Angela of Foligno's Liber, concerning the history of Polish translations and my Polish translation of Angela, with an introduction and commentary.
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Dwa kazania ze zbioru kazań na Boże Narodzenie i Objawienie Pańskie (Kęty: Wydawnictwo Marek Derewiecki, 2019).
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The article is a psychoanalytically oriented analysis of the use of the myth of Hippolytus and Phaedra in A. Libera’s novel Madame. The function of the myth in the novel is presented in terms of the categories of reinterpretation and prefiguration as well as in the context of its ancient sources. Libera brings together the myth of Hippolytus and th...
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Augustine converted to Christianity in 386 and described his conversion in his Confessiones a decade later. Much ink has been spilled concerning the question of the specific nature of Augustine’s conversion and the ‘historical accuracy’ of his description thereof 10 years later. The Confessiones seem to describe a volte face: he radically embraced...
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Recent scholarship has established beyond doubt that the oldest and most reliable manuscript with St. Angela of Foligno's Liber is the Assisi codex (Fondo Antico Co-munale, ms. 342). It contains two parts: the Memoriale and the so-called Instructiones which consist of a variety of documents and has been studied less. In the article I examine the or...
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Pierwszy przekład całości Instructiones św. Anieli z Foligno z wprowadzeniem i komentarzem
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This article investigates the relationship between Neoplatonism and Christianity in Augustine's conception of spiritual exercises. It focuses on the proem to the Confessions, where, in nuce, Augustine mentions many of the great themes of his work. The relationship between Neoplatonism and Christianity in this section seems to be complex, dynamic, a...
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The purpose of this article is to offer a close reading of a passage from Book Nine of the Confessions (9.4.8-11) which is an example of a spiritual exercise in written form. In the passage at issue, Augustine prays Psalm 4, which becomes an opportunity for him to demonstrate the relationship of Christian spiritual practice to its Manichean and Neo...
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Artykuł dotyczy filozoficznego kontekstu interpretacji filozofii antycznej jako ćwiczenia duchowego w koncepcji Pierre'a Hadota. Opublikowany w Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 13, 2 (2018) 47-71
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The traditional view that the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius were devoid of rhetoric and literary beauty has been recently questioned by a number of scholars. It is now believed that even though the Emperor probably never had in mind the publication of his hupomnemata, he consciously used the art of rhetoric in his work. The purpose of this was to...
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Cruelty in Senecan Tragedies. The chapter is a short presentation of the problem of cruelty in the corpus of Seneca's tragedies. A survey of the literature on the subject shows that the issue remains at the core of the poet's interests and psychoanalytic methodology is a useful tool for the research into a deeply psychological work of Seneca. The p...
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Pierwszy polski przekład całości Memoriale św. Anieli z Foligno z wprowadzeniem i komentarzem
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Abstrakt The subject of the article is analysis of mystical experience in Plotinus’ philosophy from the perspective of the experience of the self. The author point to two distinct levels of contemplation present in Plotinu: the noetic and the hypernoetic one. The first is an intellectual intuition of the true being, while the latter is a union wit...
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The purpose of the paper is to examine an allegorical interpretation of Gen­ esis in Book Eleven of the Confessions in terms of spiritual exercise and contemplation. Augustine continues the Alexandrian tradition of allegorical exegesis, understood as a movement from the material "letter" towards the immaterial "spirit". The study of the Scripture,...
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The methodology used in the paper combines the traditional philological method of text analysis with methods of interpretation of the object relations school of psychoanalysis. My focus is on the images of self and other expressed in characters' interactions as well as in poetic metaphors and similes. In the paper I describe several crucial self an...
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The purpose of the paper is to show a mutual interaction of Platonic and Christian ideas in the pear theft narrative from Book Two of the Confessions. Augustine is provocatively questioning the Platonic theory of good, evil, and love by suggesting that in the theft he loved evil itself. He is considering three possible explanations, but is not full...
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Abstrakt There seem to be two tendencies in the Plotinian scholarship concerning spiritual method of the Enneads. First is more general and the other more specific and focused on the analysis of the text. The paper follows the second type of study and attempts to present and analyze Plotinian use of aporia as a spiritual exercise. Traditionally ap...
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Abstrakt Even though the character of Augustine’s mother, Monnica, has been studied from different angles, the students of the Confessions have not paid much attention to a curious image of her standing before the tribunal of God, which appears in Augustine’s prayer after her death. This short scene, which could be called the “trial of Monnica” is...
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The purpose of the book is analysis of the works of three philosophers of Late Antiquity: Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus and Augustine, in terms of the Greek idea that philosophy is a therapy of the soul. Marcus Aurelius concentrates on a transformation of thoughts and emotions, according to the principles of Stoic ethics. Plotinus accepts this, but onl...
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Classical Culture and European Identity: Pagan Antiquity in the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI The paper analyses the attitude of Joseph Ratzinger, pope Benedict XVI, towards classical culture and tradition. A careful analysis of the pope’s writings makes it obvious that he addresses Europe’s classical heritage with respect and deep understanding....
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The purpose of the paper is to examine the role of the senses in contempla­tion in Book Seven and Nine of Augustine’s Confessions. The bishop of Hippo’s conception of contemplation is deeply influenced by Plotinus, especially in the early period, and this influence is present e.g. in the distiniguishing of two forms of contemplation: the one in whi...
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Abstrakt Plotinus’ mysticism is a controversial field of study. While some scholars see in it the essential aspect of his system, others consider it to be of little importance. Interpretations of the “mystical union” with the One also differ from monistic to theistic, and the debate seems to be far from an ultimate conclusions. This paper is an at...
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The article is a reading of Euripides' Medea inspired by psychoanalytic thought (object relations school of Otto F. Kernberg's). The reasons for killing the children are showed to be the core of psychological dynamics of the play within psychoanalytic context.
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The paper's main focus is the mourning process in Euripides' Heracles (1087-1428) and the approach to it is based on psychoanalytic interpre-tive methods. Most of the play is characterized by what can be called the splitting of good and bad images of the self and of objects to which the self relates, which means that characters are presented as eit...
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Artykuł opublikowany w Studiach antycznych i mediewistycznych 11 [46] 2013
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The hero and his mothers in Seneca's Hercules Furens. The article deals with an image of the heroic self in Seneca's Hercules as well as with maternal images (Alcmena, Juno and Megara), using psychoanalytic methodology involving identification of complementary self-object relationships. Hercules' self seems to be construed mainly in an omnipotent,...
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Artykuł opublikowany w Kwartalniku Filozoficznym 41, 3 (2013) 19-41
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Abstract This article explores the conception of self-knowledge in book 10 of Augustine’s De Trinitate. Augustine starts from the worry in Plato’s Meno that one cannot search for something entirely unknown and engages with Plotinus, Ennead 5.3 in developing his own understanding of the mind’s self-knowledge. He concludes that this knowledge is para...
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Ipsaque morte peior est mortis locus: The underworld in Seneca’s Hercules furens The present paper analyses the episode of Hercules’ journey to the underworld in Seneca’s Hercules furens. The starting point is the contemporary psychoanalysis school of object relations; the research method combines psychoanalytic interpretive methods with a philolo...
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Article explores Augustine's meditation on the nature of time from the perspective of spiritual exercises.
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The narrative of the myth of Er often seems diffcult to follow and understand, because the laws of spatial relations are being continuously bent or broken. The author claims that these inconsistencies have a symbolic meaning. Space is an image for the soul and spatial transformations refect the dy­ namics of contemplation in which the inner and the...
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Przekład z komentarzem traktatu Plotyna, opublikowany w Studiach antycznych i mediewistycznych 6 [41] 2008
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Nad názvem: The Poznań Society for the advancement of the arts and sciences, Philological and philosophical section = Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Nauk, Wydział Filologiczno-Filozoficzny Rozložená tit. s.

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