The Augustinian Imperative: A Reflection on the Politics of Morality (Modernity and Political Thought) Hardcover – 23 Apr 1993
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Let's put it bluntly: Connolly is less than a fan of St. Augustine. As he writes in the Preface, he wants to examine, not Augustine himself exactly, but rather "the Augustinian Imperative, the insistence that there is an intrinsic moral order to susceptible to authoritative representation." This is linked to "an obligatory pursuit: the quest to move closer to one's truest self by exploring its inner geography." This also involves looking at practices of "moralization of the self and demoralization of the other."
Needless to say, this work is postmodernist. Effectively, Augustine becomes Connolly's whipping-boy for the postmodern critique of ideas like objective morality and the like. I am cautious of saying too much, as this work (like most PoMo pieces) is nuanced-to-death, and therefore hard to summarize.
So, I'll put it this way: if you are deeply interested in St. Augustine's political thought (and need to know the secondary literature), or are a postmodernist, you should own this book. If you do not fall into one of these categories, spare yourself a great deal of pain and don't even pick it up.
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