On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law

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Todd R. Breyfogle
Reading Augustine
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     168 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Stewart Clem forthcoming.


Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars.  

Todd Breyfogle's On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law introduces readers to Augustine's understanding of law as an arena in which the possibilities of creative freedom are reconciled with the needs of natural and civil order. It places Augustine's conception of law in the broader mosaic of his ideas about how human beings are bound together individually, socially, and spiritually. Seasoned readers of Augustine will see this fundamental element of his thought in a different light, even as those less familiar with Augustine are introduced to the thrill of following how he makes sense of the complexities of nature, history, and the human spirit.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, USA, where he oversees open-enrollment executive leadership seminars. He previously was a Fellow and Program Officer at Liberty Fund and directed the University Honors Program at the University of Denver, USA. In 2012, Breyfogle was elected to the Senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He serves on several non-profit boards and is editor emeritus of The American Oxonian, the quarterly publication of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. Breyfogle is editor of Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern: Essays in Honor of David Grene (1999) and has authored a number of articles ranging from Augustine to J. S. Bach to contemporary political theory. In 2015, he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to the Order of St. John, an 11th century Order of Chivalry of the British Crown

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