14 Apr

Common Objects of Love

Category: What We're Reading
By: Ken Myers
Published: 04/14/05

In 2001, just days after the events of 9/11, moral philosopher Oliver O'Donovan gave a series of lectures for Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. The title for the series was taken from Augustine's The City of God, in which he defines a political community as "a multitude of rational beings united by agreeing to share the things they love." The lectures were subsequently published under the same name, Common Objects of Love. In them, O'Donovan reflects on the links between knowledge and love, on the nature of the Church as a moral community, and on the pernicious effects of institutions of "publicity," the massive volumes of mediated communication which subvert community in the fullest sense. [Posted April 2005, KAM]