Political Writings / Edition 1

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Overview

The best available introduction to the political thought of Augustine, if not to Christian political thought in general. Included are generous selections from City of God, as well as from many lesser-known writings of Augustine.

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Editorial Reviews

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[This volume] offers one-stop access to the political ideas of a major pre-modern thinker. The translations are fresh, accurate, supple, and clear, and the notes and comments are helpful. Ernest Fortin's excellent Introduction sets the central text, the City of God, in historical perspective and outlines problems Augustine faced in trying to reconcile Christian faith with the legitimate demands of civic life. --Alan R. Perreiah, Teaching Philosophy

Brilliantly organized. I particularly like the brief introductions before each section which help to set the context of each piece. --Brian Caza, Georgetown College

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If Augustine can be said to have had any concern for politics, it is because of the moral problems that politics poses for Christians, whose religion takes it for granted they will live as full-fledged citizens of the political society they belong to. This translation, which makes Augustine's moral and political views more accessible to English-speaking readers, includes selections from The City of God as well as lesser-known writings. With a brief chronology and an introduction by Boston College theology professor Ernest L. Fortin. Paper edition (unseen), $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872202108
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 954,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Bibliographical Note
I Origins of Coercive Government
A Fallen Nature and the Two Cities 1
B The City of Man from Cain to Romulus 15
C True Justice: Not of This World 28
II The Rise and Fall of Nations
A An End to All Earthly Kingdoms 44
B Brief History of the Misfortunes of Pagan Rome 57
C God's Governance and Roman Political Virtue 88
III Securing the Peace of Babylon
A Empty Dreams and Reality 118
B Natural Law and Civil Right 153
C The "Just" War 162
IV Persecution of Heretics
A Early View: The Work of Bad Men 184
B Later View: Compel Them to Come In 190
C Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists 207
V Ecclesiastical Intercession in Civil Affairs
A Mercy for Heretics: Letters to Donatus and Marcellinus 241
B The Right of Priestly Intercession: An Exchange of Letters with Macedonius, Vicar of Africa 252
C Advice and Reproof for a Military Commander: Letters to Count Boniface 276
VI Captivity in Babylon
A Power to Crucify and Power to Release 292
B Subject unto the Higher Powers 305
C By the Waters of Babylon 317
App Dino Bigongiari: "The Political Ideas of St. Augustine" 343
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