Augustine and Politics

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Philosophy - 384 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

United Inwardly by Love Augustines Social Ontology
3
Truthfulness as the Bond of Society
35
Friendship as Personal Social and Theological Virtue in Augustine
53
Freedom Beyond Our Choosing Augustine on the Will and Its Objects
67
Augustines Theory and Critique of Politics
97
Between the Two Cities Political Action in Augustine of Hippo
99
Democracy and Its Demons
117
Local Politics The Political Place of the Household in Augustines City of God
145
Toward a Contemporary Augustinian Understanding of Politics
217
Sexual Purity The Faithful and Religious Reform in EleventhCentury Italy Donatism Revisited
237
The Enchanted City of Man The State and the Market in Augustinian Perspective
261
Machiavellis City of God Civic Humanism and Augustinian Terror
297
Bibliography
337
Index of Citations
355
Index of Subjects
363
Index of Modern Authors
375

Augustine and the Politics of Monasticism
165
The Glory and Tragedy of Politics
187
Augustine Influence and Perspectives
215
Index of Biblical Citations
379
About the Editors and Contributors
381
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John Doody is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Kevin L. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Kim Paffenroth is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College.