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Politics and the Order of Love
Author: Eric Gregory

ISBN: 9780226307510
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 16 June 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 3.3
Description:
Augustine--for all of his influence on Western culture and politics--was hardly a liberal. Drawing from theology, feminist theory, and political philosophy, Eric Gregory offers here a liberal ethics of citizenship, one less susceptible to anti-liberal critics because it is informed by the Augustinian tradition. The result is a book that expands Augustinian imaginations for liberalism and liberal imaginations for Augustinianism.
Gregory examines a broad range of Augustine's texts and their reception in different disciplines and identifies two classical themes which have analogues in secular political theory: love--and related notions of care, solidarity, and sympathy--and sin--as well as related notions of cruelty, evil, and narrow self-interest. From an Augustinian point of view, Gregory argues, love and sin constrain each other in ways that yield a distinctive vision of the limits and possibilities of politics.
In providing a constructive argument for Christian participation in liberal democratic societies, Gregory advances efforts to revive a political theology in which love's relation to justice is prominent. "Politics and the Order of Love ...

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