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Published: 17 March 2016

206 Pages


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 oikei=osis 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