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St. Augustine and Administration: The Politics of Social Institutions in The City of God

Burns, Tony

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This article considers what St. Augustine has to say about administration (administrare) in The City of God, as well as in The Rule of St. Augustine and in Of the Work of Monks. Rather than focusing on Augustine’s political thought as traditionally understood—regarding the state and its coercive laws—it focuses on what he has to say about decision making in non-political social institutions such as monasteries or schools. I argue that at least some of Augustine’s ideas are relevant to a critique of the abuse of power in contemporary social institutions by those who are responsible for their administration.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2022
Journal European Legacy
Print ISSN 1084-8770
Electronic ISSN 1470-1316
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 22-38
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10848770.2020.1793959
Keywords St Augustine; City of God; Administration; Social Institutions; History of Political Thought
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2978645
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10848770.2020.1793959
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Legacy on 17.06.20], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10848770.2020.1793959

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