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Augustine, realism, and their revealed truth

Williams, Huw L. ORCID: 2023. Augustine, realism, and their revealed truth. Williams, Howard, Boucher, David, Sutch, Peter, Reidy, David and Koutsoukis, Alexandros, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of International Political Theory Vol 1., International Political Theory, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89-107. (10.1007/978-3-031-36111-1_5)

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Home The Palgrave Handbook of International Political Theory Chapter Augustine, Realism, and Their Revealed Truth Huw L. Williams Chapter First Online: 03 November 2023 153 Accesses 6 Altmetric Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT) Abstract The importance and influence of St Augustine’s thought on international politics is here approached from the perspective of his ideas on human nature. A historical analysis is provided of how Augustine’s ideas developed during the Pelagian controversy, emphasizing the alleged total depravity of our character in contrast with Pelagius’s more optimistic views. The key political ideas that issue from the starting point of total depravity are then explored in his work, and their influence explored in the case of twentieth century thinkers. Specifically, Hans Morgenthau’s Classical Realism is presented as a canonic example of the Augustinian legacy, with the work of Michael Oakeshott being deployed to extrapolate these links. The chapter encourages a critical perspective towards this legacy; the authority of the Augustinian view of human nature and ideas of politics that issue from it are challenged, through revealing how this truth was constructed.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783031361104
ISSN: 2662-6039
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2024 15:23

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