Incorrectly Political: Augustine and Thomas More
Peter Iver Kaufman explains how and why we have failed to appreciate Augustine’s and More’s profound political pessimism and thereby reintroduces readers to two of the Christian tradition’s most enigmatic yet influential figures. Each knew that government was useful—yet always deceitful. And each wrote a classic widely read to this day, Augustine’s City of God and More’s Utopia, as well as abundant correspondence and polemical tracts to explain why government on earth might be used, though never meaningfully improved.
University of Notre Dame Press
Notre Dame, Ind.
Augustine, Thomas More, religion
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
History of Christianity | History of Religions of Western Origin
Kaufman, Peter Iver. Incorrectly Political: Augustine and Thomas More. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.