Augustine and Politics

Augustine and Politics

by John Doody
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739110098

ISBN-13: 9780739110096

Pub. Date: 03/31/2005

Publisher: Lexington Books

The study of Augustine's political teachings has suffered from a history of misreadings, both ancient and modern. It is only in recent years that the traditional lines of 'Augustinian pessimism' have been opened to question. Scholars have begun to explore the broader lines of Augustine's political thought in his letters and sermons, and thus have been able to place

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The study of Augustine's political teachings has suffered from a history of misreadings, both ancient and modern. It is only in recent years that the traditional lines of 'Augustinian pessimism' have been opened to question. Scholars have begun to explore the broader lines of Augustine's political thought in his letters and sermons, and thus have been able to place his classic text, The City of God, in its proper context. The essays in this volume take stock of these recent developments and revisit old assumptions about the significance of Augustine of Hippo for political thought. They do so from many different perspectives, examining the anthropological and theological underpinnings of Augustine's thought, his critique of politics, his development of his own political thought, and some of the later manifestations or uses of his thought in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and today. This new vision is at once more bracing, more hopeful, and more diverse than earlier readings could have allowed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739110096
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/31/2005
Series:
Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dedicatory Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Human Nature and Virtue in Relation to Politics Chapter 4 United Inwardly by Love: Augustine's Social Ontology Chapter 5 Truthfulness as the Bond of Society Chapter 6 Friendship as Personal, Social, and Theological Virtue in Augustine Chapter 7 Freedom Beyond Our Choosing: Augustine on the Will and Its Objects Part 8 Augustine's Theory and Critique of Politics Chapter 9 Between the Two Cities: Political Action in Augustine of Hippo Chapter 10 Democracy and Its Demons Chapter 11 Local Politics: The Political Place of the Household in Augustine's City of God Chapter 12 Augustine and the Politics of Monasticism Chapter 13 The Glory and Tragedy of Politics Part 14 Augustinian Influence and Perspectives Chapter 15 Toward a Contemporary Augustinian Understanding of Politics Chapter 16 Sexual Purity, "the Faithful," and Religious Reform in Eleventh-Century Italy: Donatism Revisited Chapter 17 The Enchanted City of Man: The State and the Market in Augustinian Perspective Chapter 18 Machiavelli's City of God: Civic Humanism and Augustinian Terror

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