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The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria

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In The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria, Kathleen Gibbons proposes a new approach to Clement's moral philosophy and explores how his construction of Christianity's relationship with Jewishness informed, and was informed by, his philosophical project. As one of the earliest Christian philosophers, Clement's work has alternatively been treated as important for understanding the history of relations between Christianity and Judaism and between Christianity and pagan philosophy. This study argues that an adequate examination of his significance for the one requires an adequate examination of his significance for the other. While the ancient claim that the writings of Moses were read by the philosophical schools was found in Jewish, Christian, and pagan authors, Gibbons demonstrates that Clement's use of this claim shapes not only his justification of his authorial project, but also his philosophical argumentation.
In explaining what he took to be the cosmological, metaphysical, and ethical implications of the doctrine that the supreme God is a lawgiver, Clement provided the theoretical justifications for his views on a range of issues that included martyrdom, sexual asceticism, the status of the law of Moses, and the relationship between divine providence and human autonomy. By contextualizing Clement's discussions of volition against wider Greco-Roman debates about self-determination, it becomes possible to reinterpret the invocation of "free will" in early Christian heresiological discourse as part of a larger dispute about what human autonomy requires.

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria by Kathleen Gibbons was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in September 2016. The ISBN for The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria is 9781472454447.

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Page last updated 10th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (September 2016)
Weight459g
Number of Pages240
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472454447
ISBN-101472454448
Product Code4456053
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