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Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine

Joseph Clair


This book turns to the vast collection of moral advice found in Augustine’s letters and sermons, mining these neglected and highly illuminating texts for examples of Augustine’s application of his own moral concepts. In particular, it focuses on letters and sermons where Augustine offers concrete advice on how to interact with the various goods relevant to social and political life. A particular set of goods—sexual intimacy and domestic life, power and public office, and wealth and private possessions—reappears throughout the letters and sermons. And these moral concerns take center stage in t ... More

Keywords: Augustine’s letters and sermons, Augustine’s ethics, virtue theory, moral advice, Scriptural interpretation, social and political goods, competing goods, oikeiōsis, role-specific obligations, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Clair, author
Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, George Fox University

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