Augustine and the Problem of Power

by Cochrane, Charles Norris;

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Augustine and the Problem of Power

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More than seventy years after his untimely death, this collection of essays and lectures provides the first appearance of Charles Norris Cochrane's follow-up to his seminal work, Christianity and Classical Culture. Augustine and the Problem of Power provides an accessible entrance into the vast sweep of Cochrane's thought through his topical essays and lectures on Augustine, Roman history and literature, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Edward Gibbon. These shorter writings demonstrate the impressive breadth of Cochrane's mastery of Greek, Roman, and early Christian thought. Here he develops the political implications of Christianity's new concepts of sin and grace that transformed late antiquity, set the stage for the medieval world that followed, and faced the reactions of the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Cochrane analyzes the revival of classical thought that animated Machiavelli's politics as well as Gibbon's historiography. Written amid the chaos and confusion of depression and world war in the twentieth century, Cochrane's writings addressed the roots of problems of his own ""distracted age"" and are just as relevant today for the distractions of our own age. ""To have available these essays of Charles Norris Cochrane is a belated treasure. Few people understood the relation of culture to politics, religion, and economics better than he. He understood the abiding realities of historical origins as well as the unique place of Augustine in the more general question of the meaning of history."" --

Augustine and the Problem of Power was published by Cascade Books in October 2017. The ISBN for Augustine and the Problem of Power is 9781498294249.

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Details for Augustine and the Problem of Power

PublisherCascade Books (October 2017)
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4543989
Page last updated 19th February 2018
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