Augustine and History

Augustine and History

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Augustine and History relates history to Augustine's thoughts, life, and writings in several distinct, but connected, ways. The essays place Augustine in his historical context, analyze his own theory and practice of historiography, and examine his impact on later historians and controversies. Augustine's intellect and influence are elaborated in contexts as disparate as the Fall of Rome, debates on the death penalty, and even the reactions to 9/11. This collection of scholarly essays is excellent for a wide-ranging academic audience.
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  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 160 x 239 x 27mm | 662g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739122703
  • 9780739122709

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I. Augustine's Theory and Practice of Historiography Chapter 3 Chapter 1. On the Use and Disadvantage of History for the Afterlife Chapter 4 Chapter 2. History as Witness: Augustine's Interpretation of the History of Israel inContra Faustum andDe trinitate Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Augustine and the Rhetoric of Roman Decline Part 6 II. Augustine's Place in History Chapter 7 Chapter 4. He Promised Much and Did It All: Augustine and Historians Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Dissent and the Death Penalty: Developing a Comparative Perspective Chapter 9 Chapter 6. The Wage of Sin is Orthodoxy: TheConfessions of Saint Augustine in Bayle'sDictionnaire Part 10 III. Comparisons of Augustine and Later Historians Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Augustine and Hegel on the History of Rome Chapter 12 Chapter 8. A True History of Ourselves: Augustine, Carlyle, and the Case for Biography Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Augustine and Ricoeur on the Circle of Time and Narrative Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Book 18 ofThe City of God, Bianchini'sUniversal History and theNew Science of Vico Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Propaganda and the Pornography of Cataclysm: Augustine and Luigi Guicciardini'sThe Sack of Rome
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Single essays may interest philosophers or historians. * CHOICE, October 2008 *
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About Christopher T. Daly

Christopher T. Daly is visiting assistant professor of core humanities, Villanova University. John Doody is professor of philosophy, Robert M. Birmingham endowed chair in core humanities, and director of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Villanova University. Kim Paffenroth is associate professor of religious studies and chair, department of religious studies, Iona College.
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