Augustine and Politics

Augustine and Politics
Author: John Doody,Kevin L. Hughes,Kim Paffenroth
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9780739110096
ISBN 13: 0739110098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine and Politics Book Review:

The study of Augustine's political teachings has suffered from a history of misreadings, both ancient and modern. It is only in recent years that the traditional lines of 'Augustinian pessimism' have been opened to question. Scholars have begun to explore the broader lines of Augustine's political thought in his letters and sermons, and thus have been able to place his classic text, The City of God, in its proper context. The essays in this volume take stock of these recent developments and revisit old assumptions about the significance of Augustine of Hippo for political thought. They do so from many different perspectives, examining the anthropological and theological underpinnings of Augustine's thought, his critique of politics, his development of his own political thought, and some of the later manifestations or uses of his thought in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and today. This new vision is at once more bracing, more hopeful, and more diverse than earlier readings could have allowed.

Augustine and the Limits of Politics

Augustine and the Limits of Politics
Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publsiher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2018-04-30
ISBN 10: 0268161143
ISBN 13: 9780268161149
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine and the Limits of Politics Book Review:

Now with a new foreword by Patrick J. Deneen. Jean Bethke 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 most complex thinkers whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy. 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 argues that Augustine's great works display a canny and scrupulous attunement to the here and now and the very real limits therein. She discusses other aspects of Augustine's thought as well, including his insistence that no human city can be modeled on the heavenly city, and further elaborates on Hannah Arendt's deep indebtedness to Augustine's understanding of evil. Elshtain also presents Augustine's arguments against the pridefulness of philosophy, thereby linking him to later currents in modern thought, including Wittgenstein and Freud.

Augustine s Political Thought

Augustine s Political Thought
Author: Richard J. Dougherty
Publsiher: Rochester Studies in Medieval
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 1580469248
ISBN 13: 9781580469241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine s Political Thought Book Review:

This important collection reveals that Augustine's political thought drew on and diverged from the classical tradition, contributing to the study of questions at the center of all Western political thought.

The Political Writings of St Augustine

The Political Writings of St  Augustine
Author: Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine,Dino Bigongiari
Publsiher: Regnery Publishing
Total Pages: 358
Release: 1996-09-01
ISBN 10: 9780895267047
ISBN 13: 0895267047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Political Writings of St Augustine Book Review:

Here in one concise volume is St. Augustine's brilliant analysis of where faith and politics meet - casting a penetrating light on Roman civilization, the coming Middle Ages, ecclesiastical politics, and some of the most powerful ideas in the Western tradition, including Augustine's famous "just war theory" and his timeless ideas of how men should live in society.

Augustine and Politics as Longing in the World

Augustine and Politics as Longing in the World
Author: John von Heyking
Publsiher: University of Missouri Press
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780826263711
ISBN 13: 0826263712
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine and Politics as Longing in the World Book Review:

Saint Augustine's political thought has usually been interpreted by modern readers as suggesting that politics is based on sin. In Augustine and Politics as Longing in the World, John von Heyking shows that Augustine actually considered political life a substantive good that fulfills a human longing for a kind of wholeness. Rather than showing Augustine as supporting the Christian church's domination of politics, von Heyking argues that he held a subtler view of the relationship between religion and politics, one that preserves the independence of political life. And while many see his politics as based on a natural-law ethic or on one in which authority is conferred by direct revelation, von Heyking shows how Augustine held to an understanding of political ethics that emphasizes practical wisdom and judgment in a mode that resembles Aristotle rather than Machiavelli.

Politics and the Order of Love

Politics and the Order of Love
Author: Eric Gregory
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 417
Release: 2008-08-15
ISBN 10: 0226307514
ISBN 13: 9780226307510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics and the Order of Love Book Review:

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.

St Augustine of Hippo

St  Augustine of Hippo
Author: R.W. Dyson
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2006-09-21
ISBN 10: 1847140971
ISBN 13: 9781847140975
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

St Augustine of Hippo Book Review:

St Augustine of Hippo was the earliest thinker to develop a distinctively Christian political and social philosophy. He does so mainly from the perspective of Platonism and Stoicism; but by introducing the biblical and Pauline conceptions of sin, grace and predestination he radically transforms the 'classical' understanding of the political. Humanity is not perfectible through participation in the life of a moral community; indeed, there are no moral communities on earth. Humankind is fallen; we are slaves of self-love and the destructive impulses generated by it. The State is no longer the matrix within which human beings can achieve ethical goods through co-operation with other rational and moral beings. Augustine's response to classical political assumptions and claims therefore transcends 'normal' radicalism. His project is not that of drawing attention to weaknesses and inadequacies in our political arrangements with a view to recommending their abolition or improvement. Nor does he adopt the classical practice of delineating an ideal State. To his mind, all States are imperfect: they are the mechanisms whereby an imperfect world is regulated. They can provide justice and peace of a kind, but even the best earthly versions of justice and peace are not true justice and peace. It is precisely the impossibility of true justice on earth that makes the State necessary. Robert Dyson's new book describes and analyses this 'transformation' in detail and shows Augustine's enormous influence upon the development of political thought down to the thirteenth century.

The Augustinian Imperative

The Augustinian Imperative
Author: William E. Connolly
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780742521476
ISBN 13: 0742521478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Augustinian Imperative Book Review:

An entirely new interpretation of one of the most seminal and widely read figures in the history of political thought, The Augustinian Imperative is also 'an archaeological investigation into the intellectual foundation of liberal societies.' Drawing support from Nietzsche and Foucault, Connolly argues that the Augustinian Imperative contains unethical implications: its carriers too often convert living signs that threaten their ontological self-confidence into modes of otherness to be condemned, punished, or converted in order to restore that confidence. With a lucidity and rhetorical power that makes it readily accessible, The Augustinian Imperative examines Augustine's enactment of the Imperative, explores alternative ethico-political orientations, and subsequently reveals much about the politics of morality in the modern age.

Augustine Political Writings

Augustine  Political Writings
Author: Saint Augustine,Douglas Kries,Ernest L. Fortin
Publsiher: Hackett Publishing
Total Pages: 262
Release: 1994
ISBN 10: 9780872202108
ISBN 13: 0872202100
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine Political Writings Book Review:

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 copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Augustine Political Writings

Augustine  Political Writings
Author: Augustine
Publsiher: Hackett Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1994-10-01
ISBN 10: 1603848843
ISBN 13: 9781603848848
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine Political Writings Book Review:

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.

Political Augustinianism

Political Augustinianism
Author: Michael J. S. Bruno
Publsiher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Total Pages: 347
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 1451482698
ISBN 13: 9781451482690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Augustinianism Book Review:

The thought of Saint Augustine stands as one of the central fountainheads of not only theology but Western social and political theory. Political Augustinianismexamines modern political readings of Augustine, providing an extensive account of the pivotal French, British, and American strands of interpretation. Bruno guides readers through these modern strands of interpretation, examines their historical, theological, and socio-political context, and discusses the hermeneutical underpinnings of the modern discussion of Augustines social and political thought.

The Political and Social Ideas of St Augustine

The Political and Social Ideas of St  Augustine
Author: Herbert Andrew Deane
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2013-07
ISBN 10: 9781621380344
ISBN 13: 1621380343
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Political and Social Ideas of St Augustine Book Review:

In praise of Augustine, Herbert A. Deane writes, "Genius he had in full measure ... he is the master of the phrase or the sentence that embodies a penetrating insight, a flash of lightning that illuminates the entire sky." To provide the student with a glimpse of that genius and a synthesis of Augustine's views on man and society, the author presents the most important passages from Augustine's entire body of work in which human nature, the social order, and the nature and function of the state are discussed. Marshaling this primary material, he masterfully weaves the connections between Augustine's social and political ideas and the general framework of his thought. A new foreword by Richard A. Munkelt makes a substantial contribution in critiquing Deane's assimilation of certain aspects of Augustine's thought to modern-day liberalism. The new foreword also contains extensive additional bibliography on the subject of Augustine's political thought. "Will undoubtedly remain the basic work on this subject."--Library Journal "Professor Deane significantly contributes both to historical understanding of Augustine's political thinking and to appreciation of its permanent relevance to the moral dilemmas of politics. No other study of Augustine's political thought gives nearly so much so well."--Political Science Quarterly "This book would be salutary, possibly purgatorial, reading for all politicians, psychologists, and educationalists."--Times Literary Supplement

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine
Author: David Meconi, Sj,David Vincent Meconi,Eleonore Stump
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2014-06-05
ISBN 10: 1107025338
ISBN 13: 9781107025332
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine Book Review:

This second edition of the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated with eleven new chapters and a new bibliography.

The Pilgrim City

The Pilgrim City
Author: Miles Hollingworth
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-06-25
ISBN 10: 0567653307
ISBN 13: 9780567653307
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pilgrim City Book Review:

In this book Miles Hollingworth investigates how Augustine's understanding of discipleship causes him to resist the normal tendencies of Western political thinkers. On the one hand, he does not attempt to delineate an ideal state in the classical fashion: to his mind, the Garden of Eden can be an archetype for nothing on earth. And on the other hand, he does not seek to achieve an ideological perspective on the proper relations between Church and State. In fact his Pilgrim City is shown to lie beyond utopianism, realism and the normal terms of political discourse. It stands, instead, as a singular challenge to the aspirations of politics in the West; and so standing it calls for a reassessment of his position in the history of political thought. This book will be of interest to theologians as well as historians of political thought. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of ideas.

Roman Political Thought

Roman Political Thought
Author: Dean Hammer
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 555
Release: 2014-07-28
ISBN 10: 0521195241
ISBN 13: 9780521195249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Roman Political Thought Book Review:

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of Roman political thought, arguing that Romans engaged in wide-ranging reflections on politics.

The Pilgrim City

The Pilgrim City
Author: Augustin ((saint ;),Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)
Publsiher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 0851158196
ISBN 13: 9780851158198
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pilgrim City Book Review:

St Augustine on the human condition, justice, the State, slavery, private property and war: essential sourcebook for historians of late classical and medieval thought.

The Metaphysics of Knowledge and Politics in Thomas Aquinas

The Metaphysics of Knowledge and Politics in Thomas Aquinas
Author: Rocco Bottiglione
Publsiher: St. Augustine's Press
Total Pages: 130
Release: 2020-06-26
ISBN 10: 9781587314889
ISBN 13: 1587314886
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Metaphysics of Knowledge and Politics in Thomas Aquinas Book Review:

Metafisica della Conoscenza e Politica in S. Tommaso d'Aquino was originally published in Bologna in 1985 by the Centro Studi Europa Orientale. This English translation has been prepared with the explicit permission and encouragement of Buttiglione. The work grew from a series of lectures Buttiglione gave on the relationship between metaphysics, knowledge, and politics based on a critical reading of Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Aristotle's Politics and other relevant texts. His aim was to advance Thomistic thinking by incorporating the insights of modern philosophy on subjectivity and relationality. In addition to its primary audience of philosophers, theologians, and political theorists, the book surprisingly enjoyed a wide general readership in Italy at the time of its publication. It represented an exciting attempt to harmonize medieval philosophy and the insights of personalism that had already had a deep impact on European intellectual life. Buttiglione was able to describe this attempt in a way accessible to a general readership, and in a way that confronted the political challenges Italy had been confronting for the last forty years. Now, thirty-five years after the book's initial publication, the conclusions Buttiglione draws from reading Thomas Aquinas's commentary on Aristotle's Politics--and the connections he makes between philosophy, theology, and political theory--are more relevant than ever. He argues that the traditional definition of "person" as rationalis naturae individua substantia--an individual substance or substrate (hypokeimenon) of a rational nature--"lacks that certain element that makes Augustine's approach to personhood so appealing." Hence Aquinas's definition "is left wanting since it fails to elaborate on the crucial aspect of interpersonal relationship." The ingenuous way in which Buttiglione enlivens Thomistic political thinking with personalist philosophy helps to explain not only why free societies are more stable, tolerant, and respectful of human rights than totalitarian states, but theocratic ones as well. Only by raising the interpersonal aspects of political society to an ontological level--indeed, only by affirming and esteeming the self-transcendence of the human person as evidenced through ontological analysis--do the personal relationships that root and enliven the human person also lead to a realistic, dynamic, and convincing vision of the person's real existence. Buttiglione was startlingly prescient of the problems we confront at the beginning of the third millennium. This book will spark new discussions as it explains the importance of both the medieval tradition and twentieth-century personalism. The book also draws on a wide range of secondary sources unavailable to English readers that I and will have the unique ability to introduce readers to the "Italian" way of relating speculative and political philosophy in a relatively slim volume.

Love and Saint Augustine

Love and Saint Augustine
Author: Hannah Arendt
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2014-12-10
ISBN 10: 022622564X
ISBN 13: 9780226225647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love and Saint Augustine Book Review:

The brilliant thinker who taught us about the banality of evil explores another brilliant thinker and his concept of love. Hannah Arendt, the author of The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition, began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine’s concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic life came to a halt in 1933, Arendt carried her dissertation into exile in France, and years later took the same battered and stained copy to New York. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, as she was completing or reworking her most influential studies of political life, Arendt was simultaneously annotating and revising her dissertation on Augustine, amplifying its argument with terms and concepts she was using in her political works of the same period. The dissertation became a bridge over which Arendt traveled back and forth between 1929 Heidelberg and 1960s New York, carrying with her Augustine's question about the possibility of social life in an age of rapid political and moral change. In Love and Saint Augustine, political science professor Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and philosophy professor Judith Chelius Stark make this important early work accessible for the first time. Here is a completely corrected and revised English translation that incorporates Arendt’s own substantial revisions and provides additional notes based on letters, contracts, and other documents as well as the recollections of Arendt's friends and colleagues during her later years. “Both the dissertation and the accompanying essay are accessible to informed lay readers. Scott and Stark's conclusions about the cohesive evolution of Arendt’s thought are compelling but leave room for continuing discussion.”—Library Journal “A revelation.”—Kirkus Reviews

Political Philosophy and the Open Society

Political Philosophy and the Open Society
Author: Dante L. Germino
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 190
Release: 1982
ISBN 10: 9780807109748
ISBN 13: 0807109746
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Philosophy and the Open Society Book Review:

Sovereignty

Sovereignty
Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2008-06-10
ISBN 10: 0786721642
ISBN 13: 9780786721641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sovereignty Book Review:

Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, sovereignty has cut across the diverse realms of theology, political thought, and psychology. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, the debates about sovereignty—complete independence and self-government—have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, leading scholar and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of “sovereignty” as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. Examining the early modern ideas of God which formed the basis for the modern sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research from theology and philosophy into psychology, showing that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self. As the basis of sovereign power shifts from God, to the state, to the self, Elshtain uncovers startling realities often hidden from view. Her thesis consists in nothing less than a thorough-going rethinking of our intellectual history through its keystone concept. The culmination of over thirty years of critically applauded work in feminism, international relations, political thought, and religion, Sovereignty opens new ground for our understanding of our own culture, its past, present, and future.