The Political Writings of St. Augustine
Gateway Editions, 1962 - 358 páginas
Anyone with a better than cursory knowledge of politics knows that a people's deepest values - their religious values - are what determine whether a society will prosper or fail. And anyone with a more than cursory knowledge of history knows that there was once an entity called Christendom - a political society self-consciously in obeisance to a total Christian view of life.
Here in one concise volume is St. Augustine's brilliant analysis of where faith and politics meet - casting a penetrating light on Roman civilization, the coming Middle Ages, ecclesiastical politics, and some of the most powerful ideas in the Western tradition, including Augustine's famous "just war theory" and his timeless ideas of how men should live in society.
With the classic introduction by Henry Paolucci and an analysis by Dino Bigongiari.
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Now these four things -pleasure , repose , the two combined , and the primary
objects of nature - exist in us in such sort that we must either desire virtue on their
account , or them for the sake of virtue , or both for their own sake ; and ...
tue , it is desired for its own sake , and virtue is chosen only for its sake , and to
effect nothing else than the attainment or preservation of bodily pleasure . And
this , indeed , is to make life hideous ; for where virtue is the slave of pleasure it
Now , of all goods , spiritual or bodily , there is none at all to compare with virtue .
For virtue makes a good use both of itself and of all other goods in which lies
man's happiness ; and where it is absent , no matter how many good things a
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