On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self

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Ian Clausen
Reading Augustine
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     160 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Andrew Kim forthcoming.


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

Ian Clausen's On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self describes Augustine's central ideas on morality and how he arrived at them. Describing an intellectual journey that will resonate especially with readers at the beginning of their own journey, Clausen shows that Augustine's early writing career was an outworking of his own inner turmoil and discovery, and that both were to summit, triumphantly, on his monumental book Confessions (AD 386-401).

On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self offers a way of looking at Augustine's early writing career as an on-going, developing process: a process whose chief result was to shape a conception of the moral self that has lasted and prospered to the present day.

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

Ian Clausen is Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University, USA. He previously held a two-year post at Valparaiso University as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow. His research centers on Augustine and the Augustinian moral tradition, and extends to 21st-century debates on technology, moral theory and formation, and the good life. His publications appear in journals such as Augustinian Studies, Religions, Expository Times, Radical Orthodoxy, and Studies in Christian Ethics. He is a former British Marshall Scholar.

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