Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship

Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship

by Eric Gregory
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226307514

ISBN-13: 9780226307510

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Augustine - for all of his influence on Western culture and politics - was hardly a liberal. Drawing from theology, feminist theory, and political philosophy, Eric Gregory offers here a liberal ethics of citizenship, one less susceptible to anti-liberal critics because it is informed by the Augstinianism tradition. The result is a book that expands Augustinian…  See more details below

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"Augustine - for all of his influence on Western culture and politics - was hardly a liberal. Drawing from theology, feminist theory, and political philosophy, Eric Gregory offers here a liberal ethics of citizenship, one less susceptible to anti-liberal critics because it is informed by the Augstinianism tradition. The result is a book that expands Augustinian imaginations for liberalism and liberal imaginations for Augstinianism." Gregory examines a broad range of Augustine's texts and their reception in different disciplines and identifies two classical themes which have analogues in secular political theory: love - and related notions of care, solidarity, and sympathy and - and sin - as well as related notions of cruelty, evil, and narrow self-interest. From an Augustinian point of view, Gregory argues, love and sin constrain each other in ways that yield a distinctive vision of the limits and possibilities of politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226307510
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Augustine and Modern Liberalism 1

1 Beyond Public Reason: Love, Sin, and Augustinian Civic Virtue 30

2 From Vice to Virtue: The Development of Augustinian Liberalism 75

3 A Liberal Ethic of Care: Feminist Political Theory and Christian Social Ethics 149

4 Love as Political Vice: Hannah Arendt's Augustine 197

5 Love as Political Virtue: "Stoics" and the Problem of Passion 241

6 Love as Political Virtue: "Platonists' and the Problem of God 319

Conclusion: Remembering Augustine: The Exhausted Politics of Pessimism, Skepticism, and Nostalgia 363

Bibliography 385

Index 407

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