St. Augustine of Hippo Hardback

The Christian Transformation of Political Philosophy

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St. Augustine of Hippo

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St Augustine of Hippo was the earliest thinker to develop a distinctively Christian political and social philosophy. He does so mainly from the perspective of Platonism and Stoicism; but by introducing the biblical and Pauline conceptions of sin, grace and predestination he radically transforms the 'classical' understanding of the political. Humanity is not perfectible through participation in the life of a moral community; indeed, there are no moral communities on earth. Humankind is fallen; we are slaves of self-love and the destructive impulses generated by it. The State is no longer the matrix within which human beings can achieve ethical goods through co-operation with other rational and moral beings. Augustine's response to classical political assumptions and claims therefore transcends 'normal' radicalism. His project is not that of drawing attention to weaknesses and inadequacies in our political arrangements with a view to recommending their abolition or improvement. Nor does he adopt the classical practice of delineating an ideal State. To his mind, all States are imperfect: they are the mechanisms whereby an imperfect world is regulated.;They can provide justice and peace of a kind, but even the best earthly versions of justice and peace are not true justice and peace. It is precisely the impossibility of true justice on earth that makes the State necessary. Robert Dyson's new book describes and analyses this 'transformation' in detail and shows Augustine's enormous influence upon the development of political thought down to the thirteenth century.

St. Augustine of Hippo by Dyson was published by Continuum in September 2006 and is our 56284th best seller. The ISBN for St. Augustine of Hippo is 9780826485885.

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Page last updated 4th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherContinuum (September 2006)
Weight467g
Number of Pages192
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780826485885
ISBN-10082648588X
Product Code119258
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