Aquinas / Edition 1

Aquinas / Edition 1

by Ralph McInerny
     
 

This book is a lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas. While primarily a theologian, Aquinas’ conception of theology presupposed an autonomous philosophy. This book concentrates on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation.

As a philosopher, Aquinas is fundamentally

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This book is a lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas. While primarily a theologian, Aquinas’ conception of theology presupposed an autonomous philosophy. This book concentrates on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation.

As a philosopher, Aquinas is fundamentally Aristotelian. Like Aristotle, he sees philosophy as emerging from the ordinary thinking of ordinary human beings (and philosophers when they are off duty). Philosophy does not initiate certain knowledge but prolongs it by perfecting the instrument of thinking and expanding its content. The quest for wisdom, like that for happiness, is an inescapable fact of human existence. This book uses key and crucial texts to describe the trajectory of Aquinas’ philosophical thought from the analysis of changeable things through the reasoned awareness that to be and to be material are not identical to such knowledge as we can have of God. This brings Aquinas to the threshold of Christian faith.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745626864
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/05/2004
Series:
PCTS-Polity Classic Thinkers Series, #10
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Part IA Short Life1
1Origins3
2Montecassino (1230-1239)5
3University of Naples (1239-1244)7
4Under House Arrest (1244-1245)11
5Cologne and Albert the Great (1245-1248)12
6Student at Paris (1252-1256)13
7First Paris Professorship (1256-1259)16
8Italian Interlude (1259-1268)17
9Second Paris Period (1269-1272)20
10Naples (1272-1274)24
Selected Further Reading26
Part IIIn Pursuit of Wisdom27
11Theology Presupposes Philosophy30
12The Quest of Philosophy31
13Theoretical and Practical34
14The Order of Learning37
15The Two Theologies38
16The Four Orders40
17The Logical Order42
18Our Natural Way of Knowing45
19Matter and Form49
20Things that Come to Be as the Result of a Change51
21The Parmenidean Problem54
22The Sequel56
23The Prime Mover58
24The Soul59
25Sense Perception63
26The Immortality of the Human Soul65
27The Opening to Metaphysics66
28The Big Problem70
29The Two Theologies Revisited71
30Being as Being76
31Analogy78
32Being as Analogous80
33Substance82
34Presuppositions of Metaphysics85
35God and Metaphysics86
36Ipsum esse Subsistens89
37The Moral Order92
38Ultimate End in Aristotle94
39Ultimate End in Thomas96
40Virtuous Action98
41Natural Law100
42Natural Inclinations104
43Virtue and Law106
44Practical Syllogism107
45End/Means109
46The Common Good110
47Natural and Supernatural Ends112
48Preambles of Faith114
49Christian Philosophy115
50Beyond Philosophy117
51The Range of Theology125
Sources129
Selected Further Reading135
Part IIIThomism137
52The First Phase141
53Second Scholasticism144
54The Leonine Revival (1879-1965)145
55Three Thomisms148
56Whither Thomism in the Third Millennium?150
Selected Further Reading153
Index154

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