1 - (1) Augustine's view of the state is in many ways the...

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(1) Augustine’s view of the state is in many ways the antithesis of the ancient Greek view of the state found in Pericles and Socrates . Explain in detail why this is the case, but also be careful to note any similarities Augustine’s view of the state shares with any of these Greek thinkers. Provide a detailed and balanced discussion of whether you agree more with Augustine’s or the ancient Greek view of the state. (a) Augustine ’s view of the state influenced by Christian beliefs: 1. Removes all normative and moral elements state is not capable of morality. a. State vs. criminal gang: difference is state is bigger and has sovereignty b. Individuals are sinful, actors are fallible 2. Earthly city (city of damned, most people belong) and city of God (few belong) - Authoritarian state needed to quell majority of damned/immoral people - Though authoritarian ruler will also be immoral, he is the lesser of two evils b/c citizens are more immoral 3.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSCI 495 taught by Professor Lester during the Fall '08 term at Mary Washington.

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