Guide to Thomas Aquinas

Author: Josef Pieper

Publisher: New American Library of Canada


Category: Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274

Page: 200

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This book is closer to the spoken than to the written language. It is based on a series of university lectures given before collective student bodies. Its purpose and scope are precisely what the title suggests: to serve as a guide and introduction.

Aquinas and Modernity

Author: Shadia B. Drury

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 074258397X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 238

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In this startling book, Drury overturns the long-standing reputation of Thomas Aquinas as the most moderate and rational exponent of the Christian faith. She reveals Aquinas to be one of the most zealous Dominicans (Domini Canes) or Hounds of the Lord—an ardent defender of papal supremacy, the Inquisition, and the persecution of Jews. Despite her unstinting criticism, Drury sets out to retrieve the rationalism and naturalism that Aquinas failed to reconcile with his faith.


Author: Edward Feser

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1780740069

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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Charting the life and thought of this hugely influential medieval thinker. One of the most influential philosophers and theologians in the history of Western thought, St Thomas Aquinas established the foundations for much of modern philosophy of religion, and is infamous for his arguments for the existence of God. In this cogent and multifaceted introduction to the great Saint's work, Edward Feser argues that you cannot fully understand Aquinas' philosophy without his theology and vice-versa. Covering his thoughts on the soul, natural law, metaphysics, and the interaction of faith and reason, this will prove a indispensible resource for students, experts or the general reader.

Summary of Josef Pieper's Guide to Thomas Aquinas

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 24

View: 3000

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The thirteenth century was the specifically Occidental century. It was a time of crisis for Christian intelligence, as it was learning its own limits in the most forceful way. Christianity had been severely challenged by the Arab world, which had thrust itself into old Europe through translations from the Arabic into Latin. #2 During the thirteenth century, Christendom was being shaken politically from top to bottom. The universities were founded to assimilate classical ideas and philosophy, and to a large extent they accomplished this. The mendicant orders took the lead in moving out into the world beyond the frontiers of Christianity. #3 The best introduction to the spirit of St. Thomas is the book by G. K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas. This is not a scholarly work, but it is journalistic, and it will give you a good understanding of the era. #4 Thomas was born around 1225 in the castle of Roccasecca near Aquino, a small town between Rome and Naples. He was an Italian, but his writings reflect the rapid and energetic speech of south Italians.

The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas

Author: Josef Pieper

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1789123313

Category: Religion

Page: 169

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Josef Pieper has attached no commentary to the texts brought together in this breviary of the philosophy of St. Thomas, preferring that the reader should encounter them, “on his own”. His work has been one of selection, in which he has sought to assemble such passages as will provide an introduction to the form and design of the whole Thomistic system. Yet he has so ordered his texts as to impress upon the reader a special feature of St. Thomas’s thought, what he calls its double aspect: St. Thomas sees the whole scheme of reality ordered and penetrable by reason; yet the mystery of Being itself remains: “The effort of human thought has not been able to track down the essence of a single gnat.” Josef Pieper, one of the most highly regarded Thomistic philosophers of the twentieth century, wrote numerous philosophical works including Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Guide to Thomas Aquinas, Only the Lover Sings and many more.

Dust Bound for Heaven

Author: Reinhard Hütter

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467436720

Category: Religion

Page: 461

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In Dust Bound for Heaven Reinhard Hütter shows how Thomas Aquinas's view of the human being as dust bound for heaven weaves together elements of two questions without fusion or reduction. Does humanity still have an insatiable thirst for God that sends each person on an irrepressible religious quest that only the vision of God can quench? Or must the human being, living after the fall, become a "new creation" in order to be readied for heaven? Hütter also applies Thomas's anthropology to a host of pressing contemporary concerns, including the modern crisis of faith and reason, political theology, the relationship between divine grace and human freedom, and many more. The concluding chapter explores the Christological center of Thomas's theology.

Study Guide to The Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas

Author: Intelligent Education

Publisher: Influence Publishers

ISBN: 1645424391

Category: Study Aids

Page: 164

View: 9833

A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by St. Thomas, philosopher canonized by the Catholic Church. Titles in this study guide include On Kingship and Summa Theologica. As an influential philosopher of the thirteenth-century, his work greatly influenced Western thought and philosophy. Moreover, Summa Theologica was his most popular work and is used as a guide to theology students. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of St. Thomas’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology

Author: Gilles P. Emery,Matthew Levering

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191067504

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 8353

Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology explores the role of Aristotelian concepts, principles, and themes in Thomas Aquinas's theology. Each chapter investigates the significance of Aquinas's theological reception of Aristotle in a central theological domain: the Trinity, the angels, soul and body, the Mosaic law, grace, charity, justice, contemplation and action, Christ, and the sacraments. In general, the essays focus on the Summa theologiae, but some range more widely in Aquinas's corpus. For some time, it has above all been the influence of Aristotle on Aquinas's philosophy that has been the centre of attention. Perhaps in reaction to philosophical neo-Thomism, or perhaps because this Aristotelian influence appears no longer necessary to demonstrate, the role of Aristotle in Aquinas's theology presently receives less theological attention than does Aquinas's use of other authorities (whether Scripture or particular Fathers), especially in domains outside of theological ethics. Indeed, in some theological circles the influence of Aristotle upon Aquinas's theology is no longer well understood. Readers will encounter here the great Aristotelian themes, such as act and potency, God as pure act, substance and accidents, power and generation, change and motion, fourfold causality, form and matter, hylomorphic anthropology, the structure of intellection, the relationship between knowledge and will, happiness and friendship, habits and virtues, contemplation and action, politics and justice, the best form of government, and private property and the common good. The ten essays in this book engage Aquinas's reception of Aristotle in his theology from a variety of points of view: historical, philosophical, and constructively theological.

Thomas and the Thomists

Author: Romanus Cessario, OP,Cajetan Cuddy, OP

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1506405967

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 5799

Thomas Aquinas (1224–1274) is one of the most important thinkers in the history of western civilization. A philosopher and theologian, a priest and preacher, Aquinas bequeathed to the world an enduring synthesis of philosophy, theology, and Christian spirituality. Aquinas championed the integration of faith and action, sound doctrine and right living, orthodoxy and orthopraxy. From the thirteenth century through the present day, his legacy has served as a blessing for the church and beyond. In the nearly eight hundred years since Aquinas’s death, his thought has been studied, interpreted, criticized, reinvigorated, and anointed as the exemplar of Catholic theology. Thomas and the Thomists, a new volume in the Mapping the Tradition series, serves as an introduction to the life of Aquinas, the major contours of his teaching, and the lasting contribution he made to Christian thought. Romanus Cessario and Cajetan Cuddy also outline the history of the Thomist tradition—the great school of Aquinas’s interpreters—from the medieval era through the revival of the Thomist heritage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This volume affords its readers a working guide to understanding the history of Aquinas and his expositors as well as to grasping their significance for us today.