Augustine and the Limits of Politics / Edition 1

Augustine and the Limits of Politics / Edition 1

by Jean Bethke Elshtain
     
 

What is our business "within this common mortal life?" Augustine asks and bids us to ask ourselves. What can Augustine possibly have to say about the conditions that characterize our contemporary society and appear to put democracy in crisis? Who is Augustine for us now and what do his words have to do with political theory? These are the underlying questions that… See more details below

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What is our business "within this common mortal life?" Augustine asks and bids us to ask ourselves. What can Augustine possibly have to say about the conditions that characterize our contemporary society and appear to put democracy in crisis? Who is Augustine for us now and what do his words have to do with political theory? These are the underlying questions that animate Jean Bethke Elshtain's fascinating engagement with the thought and work of Augustine, the ancient thinker who gave no political theory per se and refused to offer up a positive utopia. In exploring the questions, Why Augustine? Why now? 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 more complex thinkers, one whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy.

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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
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Village of the Mind
1Why Augustine? Why Now?1
2The Earthly City and Its Discontents19
3Against the Pridefulness of Philosophy49
4Augustine's Evil; Arendt's Eichmann69
5"Our business within this common mortal life": Augustine and a Politics of Limits89
Epilogue: Loving Crazy Horse and Augustine113
Notes119
Bibliographical Note133
Index135

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