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By Michael Hanby

Augustine and Modernity is a clean and demanding addition to present debates concerning the Augustinian origins of contemporary subjectivity and the Christian genesis of Western nihilism. It firmly rejects the dominant glossy view that the trendy Cartesian topic, as an archetype of Western nihilism, originates in Augustine's proposal. Arguing that the majority modern interpretations misrepresent the complicated philosophical dating among Augustine and smooth philosophy, really in regards to the paintings of Descartes, the ebook examines the a lot neglected contribution of Stoicism to the family tree of modernity, generating a scathing riposte to commonly-held types of the 'continuity thesis'.
Michael Hanby identifies the fashionable thought of will that emerges in Descartes' paintings because the manufactured from a concept of self extra right to Stoic theories of immanence than to Augustine's personal rigorous understandings of the Trinity, production, self and should. notwithstanding Augustine's stumble upon with Stoicism eventually led to a lot of his instructing being transferred to Descartes and different sleek thinkers in an adulterated shape, Hanby attracts severe realization to Augustine's personal disillusionment with Stoicism and his interrogation of Stoic philosophy within the identify of Christ and the Trinity. Representing a brand new tuition of theology prepared to have interaction significantly with different disciplines and to problem their authority, Augustine and Modernity deals a accomplished new interpretation of De Trinitate and of Augustinian ideas of will and soul. Revealing how a lot of what's now regarded as 'Augustinian' in reality has its family tree in Stoic asceticism, it translates the fashionable nihilistic Cartesian topic no longer as a logical end result of a real Christian Trinitarian theology, yet really of its perversion and abandonment.

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