Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

by Fergus Kerr
     
 

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Thomas Aquinas is one of the giants of medieval philosophy, a thinker who had—and who still has—a profound influence on Western thought. Aquinas was a controversial figure in his time who was often engaged in fierce theological debates. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and

Overview

Thomas Aquinas is one of the giants of medieval philosophy, a thinker who had—and who still has—a profound influence on Western thought. Aquinas was a controversial figure in his time who was often engaged in fierce theological debates. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and theology. This Very Short Introduction will look at Aquinas in a historical context, and explore the Church and culture into which Aquinas was born. It will consider Aquinas as philosopher and theologian, and will look at the relationship between philosophy and religion in the thirteenth century. Fergus Kerr, in this engaging and informative introduction, makes the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas's greatest single work, accessible to new readers. He also sheds valuable light on the importance of Thomas Aquinas in modern times, showing why Aquinas matters now, illustrating the significant role that the writings of Aquinas play in contemporary debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199556649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
699,979
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Fergus Kerr is Honorary Fellow of the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh. He is widely recognized as a philosopher and theologian of high distinction. He is particularly well known for his work on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Thomas Aquinas. He is also Editor of the journal New Blackfriars.

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