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Augustine on Justice - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 115
Justice/Augustine/Höffe: Augustine does not deny that there are more just and less just communities and rulers. However, true justice, which he considers to be decisive, reigns only in the community whose "founder and leader is Christ"(1). In this eschatological definition lies Augustine's provocatively new concept of the state, which is not without danger for real politics.
Eschatology/HöffeVsAugustine: Christian theology is responsible for the question whether Augustine's eschatological dualism is religiously convincing. Considered as law and state thinking, however, it weakens the ability, also the courage, to think in multiple ways and to put the religious teachings of the two conflicting empires (Two kingdoms doctrine: >State/Augustine) into the right measure by a higher intrinsic value of the worldly sphere and a greater personal responsibility of man.

1. Augustine, The State of God, De civitate dei, II, 21

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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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