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Augustine and the limits of politics

Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 1998, ©1995.
Series: Frank M. Covey, Jr. Loyola lectures in political analysis.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Named Person: Augustine, of Hippo Saint; Augustine, of Hippo Saint
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Bethke Elshtain
ISBN: 0268020019 9780268020019
OCLC Number: 39225893
Description: xiv, 143 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Preface: A Village of the Mind --
1. Why Augustine? Why Now? --
2. 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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Political theorist Jean Bethke Elshtain brings Augustine's thought into the contemporary political arena and the result is a book about one of the world's most complex thinkers.  Read more...

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