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 Augustinian tradition. The result is a book that expands

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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 Augustinian tradition. The result is a book that expands Augustinian imaginations for liberalism and liberal imaginations for Augustinianism. 
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 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.
In providing a constructive argument for Christian participation in liberal democratic societies, Gregory advances efforts to revive a political theology in which love’s relation to justice is prominent.  Politics and the Order of Love will provoke new conversations for those interested in Christian ethics, moral psychology, and the role of religion in a liberal society.

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


Acknowledgments     ix
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: Augustine and Modern Liberalism     1
Beyond Public Reason: Love, Sin, and Augustinian Civic Virtue     30
From Vice to Virtue: The Development of Augustinian Liberalism     75
A Liberal Ethic of Care: Feminist Political Theory and Christian Social Ethics     149
Love as Political Vice: Hannah Arendt's Augustine     197
Love as Political Virtue: "Stoics" and the Problem of Passion     241
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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