Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas: the role of the State in Medieval Europe (video lecture)


Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas are among the most famous Western Medieval philosophers but they had very different views on the world and the role of the State. The contrast between Saint Augustine’s pessimism and Saint Thomas’ optimism is striking. What can we learn from these men and their views today?

This is Episode 02 in the series Medieval Thought on the political science channel Inventing Civilization.

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Suggested reference (APA):
Lou, E. [Inventing Civilization]. (2016-08-31). Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas: the role of the State in Medieval Europe (video lecture) . Retrieved from https://youtu.be/RWqYAYqkpdw

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If this video has sparked your interest in Saint Augustine or Thomas Aquinas and you’d like to know more, you might enjoy reading one or more of the following books:

Atkins, E.M. & Dodaro, R.J. (Eds.) (2004). Augustine: Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dyson, R.W. (Ed.) (2004). St Thomas Aquinas: Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Battenhouse, R.W. (1969). A Companion to the Study of St. Augustine. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Deane, H.A. (1963). The Political and Social Ideas of St. Augustine. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Gilby, T. (1958). The Political Thought of Thomas Aquinas. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Keys, M.M. (2006). Aquinas, Aristotle and the Promise of the Common Good. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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