By James V. Schall
"Pleads eloquently for the recovery of politicalphilosophy to the relevant place it as soon as occupied in ourtradition, and it demanding situations political philosophy itself toremain actual to its nature...".An attentive reader will getfrom this stimulating booklet clever guideline on what's worthfighting for and at the limits of the potential in politicalaction".
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The "two truths" are stimuli to discover the consistency of one truth that may be known from different sources. 3 6. St. Augustine Many of the most important contributions to medieval political philosophy came from St. Augustine (d. D. 430), who was a 3· See Josef Pieper, Scholasticzsm: Personalities and Problems of Medieval Phzlosophy, trans. Richard and Clara Winston (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964), 100-109. See also Thomas Pangle, "The Theological-Political Problem," in Leo Strauss, Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy, ed.
Some answers to these questions were also present in political philosophy in an inadequate form. St. Thomas knew the questions and the proposed answers both from reason and from revelation. St. Thomas did not replace revelation with reason. Nor did he understand revelation as a kind of detailed law. Rather he demonstrated that what revelation presented in its own terms and its own manner did respond to questions that were legitimately asked by the philosophers. The vocation of the philosopher and the excitement of this vocation remained for St.
This consideration arose in political history from considerations deriving from revelation, of which St. Augustine's City of God is the most sophisticated early Christian source. Yet the question is rooted in Plato, in the last myth of the Republic, which asked about the possibility of our ever properly re-ordering our lives toward the good in some other life if we do not do so in this one. The drama of each human life is infinitely enhanced by the truth of this teaching of Plato-that we would not in fact redeem ourselves if we were given another chance to try again in some other life.
At the Limits of Political Philosophy: From "Brilliant Errors" to Things of Uncommon Importance by James V. Schall