The Reading Augustine series presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars.
Ian Clausen's On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self describes Augustine's central ideas on morality and how he arrived at them. Describing an intellectual jourbaney that will resonate especially with readers at the beginning of their own jourbaney, Clausen shows that Augustine's early writing career was an outworking of his own inner turmoil and discovery, and that both were to summit, triumphantly, on his monumental book Confessions (AD 386-401).
On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self offers a way of looking at Augustine's early writing career as an on-going, developing process: a process whose chief result was to shape a conception of the moral self that has lasted and prospered to the present day.
About the Author
Ian Clausen is Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University, USA. He previously held a two-year post at Valparaiso University as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow. His research centers on Augustine and the Augustinian moral tradition, and extends to 21st-century debates on technology, moral theory and formation, and the good life. His publications appear in jourbanals such as Augustinian Studies, Religions, Expository Times, Radical Orthodoxy, and Studies in Christian Ethics. He is a former British Marshall Scholar.
Table of Contents
A Note on Text and Translations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Being Where We Are
Chapter 1: Awakening Restless Hearts
Chapter 2: Avoiding the Question
Chapter 3: Engaging the Despair of Skepticism
Chapter 4: Escaping the Folly of Manichaeism
Chapter 5: Entering the Problem of Adam's Place
Conclusion: The Long Surrender