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John M. Rist
Reading Augustine
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ilsup Ahn forthcoming.


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

John Rist takes the reader through Augustine's ethics, the arguments he made and how he arrived at them, and shows how this moral philosophy remains vital for us today. Rist identifies Augustine's challenge to all ideas of moral autonomy, concentrating especially on his understanding of humility as an honest appraisal of our moral state. He looks at thinkers who accept parts of Augustine's evaluation of the human condition but lapse into bleakness and pessimism since for them God has disappeared. In the concluding parts of the book, Rist suggests how a developed version of Augustine's original vision can be applied to the complexities of modern life while also laying out, on the other hand, what our moral universe would look like without Augustine's contribution to it.

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

John M. Rist is Professor Emeritus of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively on the Presocratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and Neoplatonism, as well as Ethics, Patristics and Augustine. He is the author of fifteen books, including Real Ethics: Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality (Cambridge University Press, 2001), What is Truth? From the Academy to the Vatican (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Plato's Moral Philosophy. The Discovery of the Presuppositions of Ethics (The Catholic University of America Press, 2012)


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