Augustine and the Limits of Virtue by James Wetzel
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Augustine and the Limits of Virtue
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Augustine and the Limits of Virtue

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Augustine and the Limits of Virtue by James Wetzel

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Augustine's moral psychology was one of the richest in late antiquity, and in this book James Wetzel evaluates its development, indicating that the insights offered by Augustine on free-will have been prevented from receiving full appreciation as the result of an anachronistic distinction between theology and philosophy. He shows that it has been commonplace to divide Augustine's thought into earlier and later phases, the former being more philosophically informed than the latter. Wetzel's contention is that this division is less pronounced than it has been made out to be. The author shows that, while Augustine clearly acknowledges his differences with philosophy, he never loses his fascination with the Stoic concepts of happiness and virtue, and of the possibility of their attainment by human beings. This fascination is seen by Wetzel to extend to Augustine's writings on grace, where freedom and happiness are viewed as a recovery of virtue. The notorious dismissal of pagan virtue in 'The City of God' is part of Augustine's family quarrel with philosophers, not a rejection of philosophy per se. Augustine the theologian is thus seen to be a Platonist philosopher with a keen sense of the psychology of moral struggle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521405416
ISBN-10: 0521405416
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jun-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This volume addresses the complex and conflicted vision in Augustine's City of God, as a heavenly city on earthly pilgrimage.

Augustine by James Wetzel Augustine, Paperback (April 2010)

A guide to the life and work of Augustine. It takes up the major concerns of Augustine's complex and evolving thought and accords them a form that allows readers to think with Augustine as well as about him.

Augustine and the Limits of Virtue by James Wetzel Augustine and the Limits of Virtue, Paperback (June 2008)

This sophisticated analysis of Augustine's thought on virtue and the will makes a notable contribution to Augustine studies.

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