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3 - Political Vices?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 January 2024

Katherine Chambers
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University of New England, Australia
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This chapter asks whether Robert Dodaro and John Milbank are correct in their claim that Augustine thought that the earthly city was necessarily a place of political vice. To this end, this chapter examines Augustine’s idea of the love of material possessions, the love of glory, and the love of domination, and finds that while he looked on these loves as always sinful, he held that they did not necessarily lead people to commit politically vicious actions, but could in fact act as a restraint on people’s actions, ensuring that people conformed their lives to the highest political and social standards.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Political Vices?
  • Katherine Chambers, University of New England, Australia
  • Book: Augustine on the Nature of Virtue and Sin
  • Online publication: 10 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009383790.003
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  • Political Vices?
  • Katherine Chambers, University of New England, Australia
  • Book: Augustine on the Nature of Virtue and Sin
  • Online publication: 10 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009383790.003
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  • Political Vices?
  • Katherine Chambers, University of New England, Australia
  • Book: Augustine on the Nature of Virtue and Sin
  • Online publication: 10 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009383790.003
Available formats
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