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Augustine and the Limits of Politics / Edition 1

Augustine and the Limits of Politics / Edition 1

by Jean Bethke Elshtain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0268020019

ISBN-13: 9780268020019

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Jean Bethke Elshtain brings Augustine's thought into the contemporary political arena and presents an Augustine who created a complex moral map that offers space for loyalty, love, and care, as well as a chastened form of civic virtue. The result is a controversial book about one of the world's greatest and most complex thinkers whose thought continues to

Overview

Jean Bethke Elshtain brings Augustine's thought into the contemporary political arena and presents an Augustine who created a complex moral map that offers space for loyalty, love, and care, as well as a chastened form of civic virtue. The result is a controversial book about one of the world's greatest and most complex thinkers whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy. Elshtain brings Augustine's thought into the contemporary political arena and presents an Augustine who created a complex moral map that offers space for loyalty, love, and care, as well as a chastened form of civic virtue. The result is a controversial book about one of the world's greatest and most complex thinkers, one whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy.

In making Augustine's thought relevant to the contemporary world Elshtain discusses how, for Augustine, wisdom comes from experiencing fully the ambiguity and division that characterized the human condition after the fall, and how human beings are fated to narrate their lives within temporality and to work at gathering together a 'self' and forging a coherent identity. This is the central feature of what Augustine called our business "within this mortal life," and he insisted that any politics that disdains this business, this caring for the quotidian, is a dangerous or misguided or misplaced politics. Elshtain argues that Augustine's great works display a canny and scrupulous attunement to the here and now and the very real limits therein. She discusses other aspects of Augustine's thought as well, including his insistence that no human city can be modeled on the heavenly city, and further elaborates on Hannah Arendt's deep indebtedness to Augustine's understanding of evil. Elshtain also presents Augustine's arguments against the pridefulness of philosophy, thereby linking him to later currents in modern thought, including Wittgenstein and Freud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268020019
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
FRANK COVEY LOYOLA L Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,017,483
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Village of the Mind xi
Why Augustine? Why Now?
1(18)
The Earthly City and Its Discontents
19(30)
Against the Pridefulness of Philosophy
49(20)
Augustine's Evil; Arendt's Eichmann
69(20)
"Our business within this common mortal life": Augustine and a Politics of Limits
89(24)
Epilogue: Loving Crazy Horse and Augustine 113(6)
Notes 119(14)
Bibliographical Note 133(2)
Index 135

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