St. Augustine and the Theory of Just War (eBook, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
St. Augustine and the Theory of Just War Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

St. Augustine and the Theory of Just War

Author: John Mark Mattox
Publisher: London Bloomsbury Publishing Ann Arbor, Michigan ProQuest 2006
Series: Continuum Studies in Philosophy
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
The decline of the Roman Empire gave rise to two problems, which combined to form one of the most perplexing philosophical questions of late antiquity. On the one hand, Rome found itself under constant military threat as various tribes from the north and east encroached along its borders to fill the power vacuum left by the receding Empire. On the other hand, adherents to the Empire's new official faith -  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Mark Mattox
ISBN: 9781847141118 1847141110
OCLC Number: 1020502573
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB397833873 (OCoLC)1020502573
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (209 pages).
Series Title: Continuum Studies in Philosophy

Abstract:

The decline of the Roman Empire gave rise to two problems, which combined to form one of the most perplexing philosophical questions of late antiquity. On the one hand, Rome found itself under constant military threat as various tribes from the north and east encroached along its borders to fill the power vacuum left by the receding Empire. On the other hand, adherents to the Empire's new official faith - Christianity - found themselves without clear guidance as to what military roles their faith would permit; the death of the apostles left them without revelatory guidance, and the New Testament writings were not definitive on the subject. The question, then, became:Â "Can a Christian answer the empire's call to military duty and still answer a clear conscience before God?"Â Fifth-century philosopher, St Augustine of Hippo, sought to provide a solution to the two problems. His approach formed the foundation of the 'just war' tradition, which has had enormous influence upon moral-philosophical thought on military issues in the West ever since. This major new study identifies the fundamental Augustinian premises and evaluates them in light of historical, neo-Platonic, and Christian contexts. It also identifies the effect of the Augustinian legacy upon medieval and modern philosophical reflections on the nature of warfare and on how war might be waged justly and morally.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.