The Augustinian Imperative: A Reflection on the Politics of Morality

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Political Science - 167 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Voices From the Whirlwind
1
Confessing the Moral God
34
Gentle Wars of IdentityDifference
63
The Genesis of Being
91
Beyond the Moral Imperative
131
Index
165
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William E. Connolly teaches political theory at Johns Hopkins University where he is professor of political science.

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