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Published: 17 May 2016

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198757764

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Discerning the Good in the Letters & Sermons of Augustine

Joseph Clair

  • Contributes a new sense of Augustine's ethics, both in terms of the range of questions he addresses and the manner in which he treats them.
  • Demonstrates how Augustine's adaptation of the Stoic and Peripatetic doctrine of oikeiōsis informs his understanding of social goods.
  • Considers Augustine's ethics as revealed in his sermons and letters, in which we can see the application of his moral vision in the advice given to his congregation and community.
  • Uses this rich collection of texts to provide a new way into Augustine's reasoning by showing that he understood moral clarity is often impossible and that ethics must make practical sense.