Saint Augustine of Hippo, step-father of liberalism

Somos, Mark (2010) Saint Augustine of Hippo, step-father of liberalism. History of European Ideas, 36 (2). pp. 237-250. ISSN 0191-6599

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Abstract

Ostensible contradictions between Augustine's account of the two cities are resolved by his concealed claim to the privileged epistemic status of a Christian prophet. Faith and grace provide the mobility between this quasi-divine and the fallen human position. Such mobility is impossible in a pluralist and secular system of thought. This is why, having lost the creative Augustinian ambiguity, the liberal philosophy of history and norms of relationship between state and individual continue to veer between the logical end-points of anarchy and complete indifference, or utmost individualism.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT History of Africa > DT0181 Maghrib. Barbary States > DT0271 Algeria
Depositing User: Mark Somos
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:04
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 11:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23825
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