Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (3):556-569 (2011)

Eric Gregory's Politics and the Order of Love takes up an audacious project: enlisting Saint Augustine in order to "help imagine a better liberalism." This article first provides a summary of Gregory's argument, focusing on his emphasis on love as a "motivation" for neighborly care, and hence democratic participation. This involves tracing the theme of motivation in the book, which is tied to his articulation of liberal perfectionism and an emphasis on civic virtue. In conclusion I raise the question of whether his project has ignored a key aspect of Augustine's account of love, namely, the role of the Holy Spirit, thereby demarcating the limits of Gregory's "rational reconstruction" of Augustine
Keywords Stanley Hauerwas  democratic virtues  Jeffrey Stout  Augustine  feminist ethics  Holy Spirit  political theology  pneumatology  John Milbank
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00492.x
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