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Augustine and the limits of politics

Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, ©1995.
Series: Frank M. Covey, Jr. Loyola lectures in political analysis.
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"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  Read more...
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Elshtain, Jean Bethke, 1941-
Augustine and the limits of politics.
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c1995
(OCoLC)603954699
Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo; Aurelius Augustinus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Bethke Elshtain
ISBN: 0268006458 9780268006457
OCLC Number: 32543074
Description: xiv, 143 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface: A Village of the Mind --
1. Why Augustine? Why Now? --
2. The Earthly City and Its Discontents --
3. Against the Pridefulness of Philosophy --
4. Augustine's Evil; Arendt's Eichmann --
5. "Our business within this common mortal life": Augustine and a Politics of Limits --
Epilogue: Loving Crazy Horse and Augustine.
Series Title: Frank M. Covey, Jr. Loyola lectures in political analysis.
Responsibility: Jean Bethke Elshtain.
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An analysis of the thought and work of Augustine, the ancient thinker. This study presents Augustine's arguments against the pridefulness of philosophy, thereby linking him to later currents in  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""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 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 more complex thinkers, one whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy."--BOOK JACKET."
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