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 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.

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.

Pride Politics and Humility in Augustine s City of God

Pride  Politics  and Humility in Augustine s City of God
Author: Mary M. Keys
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2022-06-30
ISBN 10: 1009201077
ISBN 13: 9781009201070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pride Politics and Humility in Augustine s City of God Book Review:

The first book to explicate and analyse Augustine's seminal argument concerning humility and pride, especially in politics and philosophy, in The City of God. Keys shows how contemporary readers have much to gain from engaging Augustine's lengthy argument on behalf of virtuous humility.

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 in a Time of Crisis

Augustine in a Time of Crisis
Author: Boleslaw Z. Kabala,Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo,Nathan Pinkoski
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2021-03-01
ISBN 10: 3030614859
ISBN 13: 9783030614850
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine in a Time of Crisis Book Review:

This volume addresses our global crisis by turning to Augustine, a master at integrating disciplines, philosophies, and human experiences in times of upheaval. It covers themes of selfhood, church and state, education, liberalism, realism, and 20th-century thinkers. The contributors enhance our understanding of Augustine’s thought by heightening awareness of his relevance to diverse political, ethical, and sociological questions. Bringing together Augustine and Gallicanism, civil religion, and Martin Luther King, Jr., this volume expands the boundaries of Augustine scholarship through a consideration of subjects at the heart of contemporary political theory.

Politics and the Earthly City in Augustine s City of God

Politics and the Earthly City in Augustine s City of God
Author: Veronica Roberts Ogle
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2020-11-19
ISBN 10: 1108842593
ISBN 13: 9781108842594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics and the Earthly City in Augustine s City of God Book Review:

A new reading of Augustine's City of God which considers the status of politics within Augustine's sacramental worldview.

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.

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.

Actualidad del pensamiento de San Agust n

Actualidad del pensamiento de San Agust  n
Author: Herbert Andrew Deane
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 1963
ISBN 10: 0231085699
ISBN 13: 9780231085694
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Actualidad del pensamiento de San Agust n Book Review:

Critical essay on St. Augustine's analysis of the human condition, as reflected in his writings, by a scholar in political theory.

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.

Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period

Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period
Author: Sophia Moesch
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2019-06-26
ISBN 10: 1351116002
ISBN 13: 9781351116008
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period Book Review:

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 licence. DOI Published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. This volume is an investigation of how Augustine was received in the Carolingian period, and the elements of his thought which had an impact on Carolingian ideas of ‘state’, rulership and ethics. It focuses on Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, authors and political advisers to Charlemagne and to Charles the Bald, respectively. It examines how they used Augustinian political thought and ethics, as manifested in the De civitate Dei, to give more weight to their advice. A comparative approach sheds light on the differences between Charlemagne’s reign and that of his grandson. It scrutinizes Alcuin’s and Hincmar’s discussions of empire, rulership and the moral conduct of political agents during which both drew on the De civitate Dei, although each came away with a different understanding. By means of a philological–historical approach, the book offers a deeper reading and treats the Latin texts as political discourses defined by content and language.

Augustine Political Writings

Augustine  Political Writings
Author: Agustín (Santo, Obispo de Hipona.),Saint Augustine (of Hippo),Augustine,Aurelius Augustinus,Saint Augustine of Hippo
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2001-01-11
ISBN 10: 9780521446976
ISBN 13: 052144697X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine Political Writings Book Review:

Collection containing thirty-five letters and sermons of St Augustine on politics, addressing essential themes in Augustine's thought.

Incorrectly Political

Incorrectly Political
Author: Peter Iver Kaufman
Publsiher: University of Notre Dame Press
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015067652605
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Incorrectly Political Book Review:

"Peter Iver Kaufman is admirably and ideally qualified to undertake this project of reading More on politics in the light of Augustine on politics. In vigorous, well-paced prose, he tackles an important and original subject." --Marcia L. Colish, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, emerita, Oberlin College "Incorrectly Political will attract readers not only because it is written with the author's characteristic flair and liveliness, but also because of his established capacity to bridge centuries of Western thought and history. Written at the dawn of the new century, this book acquires deep resonance from the events unfolding around the world, circumstances to which Augustine's and More's complex thoughts on political possibility still speak. If ever a study of such hoary figures from the Christian past deserved the label 'timely,' it is surely this one." --Kevin Madigan, Harvard University Divinity School Augustine in the fourth and fifth centuries and Thomas More in the sixteenth were familiar with the deceits and illusions that enabled even the most vile rulers to shore up their dignity and that gave repressive regimes an inviolability of sorts. Both men knew the politics of their times, both were involved in politics, and both were at one time politically ambitious. Augustine needed and made good use of government's powers of coercion and damage control in his struggle against the Donatists. The clear advantages of political protection and correction preoccupied More in his battle against Martin Luther. Both later changed their minds and believed, finally, the political imagination, based as it is on a desire for power, always and inevitably leads to devastation and suffering. Peter Iver Kaufman explains how and why we have failed to appreciate Augustine's and More's profound political pessimism, reintroducing readers to two of the Christian tradition's most enigmatic yet influential figures. Each had been disturbed by the reach of his own political ambitions--as by those of contemporaries. Each knew that government was useful--yet always deceitful. And each wrote a classic--widely read to this day, Augustine's City of God and More's Utopia,as well as abundant correspondence and polemical tracts to explain why government on earth might be used, though never meaningfully improved.

Augustine and Modern Law

Augustine and Modern Law
Author: RichardO. Brooks
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 572
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351574981
ISBN 13: 9781351574983
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Augustine and Modern Law Book Review:

St. Augustine and Roman law are the two bridges from Athens and Jerusalem to the world of modern law. Augustine's almost eerily modern political realism was based upon his deep appreciation of human evil, arising from his insights into the human personality, the product of his reflections on his own life and the history of his times. These insights have traveled well through the ages and are mirrored in the pages of Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Hannah Arendt. The articles in this volume describe the life and world of Augustine and the ways in which he conceived both justice and law. They also discuss the little recognized Augustinian contributions to the field of modern hermeneutics - the discipline which informs the art of legal interpretation. Finally, they include Augustine's valuable discussion of church/state relations, the law of just wars, and proper role and limits of coercion, and the procreative dimensions of marriage. The volume also includes an extremely useful, definitive bibliography of Augustine and the law, and will leave readers with an increased appreciation of the contributions which Augustine has made to the history of jurisprudence. No one can read Augustine and these articles on his view of the law without taking away a new view of the law itself.

Politics in Dark Times

Politics in Dark Times
Author: Seyla Benhabib
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-10-25
ISBN 10: 1139491059
ISBN 13: 9781139491051
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics in Dark Times Book Review:

This outstanding collection of essays explores Hannah Arendt's thought against the background of recent world-political events unfolding since September 11, 2001, and engages in a contentious dialogue with one of the greatest political thinkers of the past century, with the conviction that she remains one of our contemporaries. Themes such as moral and political equality, action, judgment and freedom are re-evaluated with fresh insights by a group of thinkers who are themselves well known for their original contributions to political thought. Other essays focus on novel and little-discussed themes in the literature by highlighting Arendt's views of sovereignty, international law and genocide, nuclear weapons and revolutions, imperialism and Eurocentrism, and her contrasting images of Europe and America. Each essay displays not only superb Arendt scholarship but also stylistic flair and analytical tenacity.

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 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.

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: 0826263712
ISBN 13: 9780826263711
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.