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Recovering Political Philosophy

Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine

Authors: Holland, Ben

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  • Offers insights of interest to Augustine scholars across a wide array of disciplines such as political science, theology, philosophy, history, and classics 
  • Provides a new interpretation of Augustine’s important definition of the republic
  • Written to be accessible to upper-level undergraduates whilst rigorous scholarship and original interpretations mean that it will also appeal to graduate students and peer researchers
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Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine explores the analogy between the self and political society in the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. This analogy is an important theme in the history of political thought. Attempts have been made to understand the state by examining the soul (since Plato), the body (as in medieval theories of the body politic) and the person (surviving to this day in such concepts as international legal personality). This book aims to reinstate the Augustinian part of the story. It argues that Augustine develops three analogies between self and city, as a society ordered by love: self-love in the case of the Earthly City; divided but improving love in the Pilgrim City; and love of others and of God in the City of God. It supplies thereby an overview of Augustine’s intellectual ‘system’ as it touches upon theology, psychology and anthropology, as well as politics, and also provides a new interpretation of Augustine’s important definition of the republic.


About the authors

Ben Holland is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of The Moral Person of the State: Pufendorf, Sovereignty and Composite Polities (2017).


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“This is a thoughtful and informed exploration of the metaphorical relationship of the self to the city developed by Augustine. In exploring this relationship, Holland enlivens Augustine’s concepts by showing how grounded they are in the dynamic, tensional movements of the body: the unnatural swelling of pride; the scattered restlessness of sin; the stretching to something that is at the root of attention and conversion; and ultimately the will to love in which the individual relinquishes the pull of the body to its own past. Self and City is a stimulating contribution to our understanding of Augustine’s thought.” (Dean Hammer, author of Roman Political Thought: From Cicero to Augustine, John W. Wetzel Professor of Classics and Professor of Government, Franklin and Marshall College, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19333-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19332-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine
Authors
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19333-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19333-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19332-4
Series ISSN
2524-7166
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 162
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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