Aquinas / Edition 1

Aquinas / Edition 1

by Ralph McInerny
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745626874

ISBN-13: 9780745626871

Pub. Date: 12/15/2003

Publisher: Wiley

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:
9780745626871
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
PCTS-Polity Classic Thinkers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: A Short Life.

1. Origins.

2. Montecassino (1230–1239).

3. University of Naples (1239–1244).

4. Under House Arrest (1244–1245).

5. Cologne and Albert the Great (1245–1248).

6. Student at Paris (1252–1256).

7. First Paris Professorship (1256–1259).

8. Italian Interlude (1259–1268).

9. Second Paris Period (1269–1272).

10. Naples (1272–1274).

selected Further Reading.

Part II: In Pursuit of Wisdom.

11. Theology presupposes Philosophy.

12. The Quest of Philosophy.

13. Theoretical and Practical.

14. The Order of Learning.

15. The Two Theologies.

16. The Four Orders.

17. The Logical Order.

18. Our Natural Way of Knowing.

19. Matter and Form.

20. Things that Come to Be as the Result of a Change.

21. The Parmenidean Problem.

22. The Sequel.

23. The Prime Mover.

24. The Soul.

25. Sense Perception.

26. The Immortality of the Human Soul.

27. The Opening to Metaphysics.

28. The Big Problem.

29. The Two Theologies Revisited.

30. Being as Being.

31. Analogy.

32. Being as Analogous.

33. Substance.

34. Presuppositions of Metaphysics.

35. God and Metaphysics.

36. Ipsum esse Subsistens.

37. The Moral Order.

38. Ultimate End in Aristotle.

39. Ultimate End in Thomas.

40. Virtuous Action.

41. Natural Law.

42. Natural Inclinations.

43. Virtue and Law.

44. Practical Syllogism.

45. End/Means.

46. The Common Good.

47. Natural and Supernatural Ends.

48. Preambles of Faith.

49. Christian Philosophy.

50. Beyond Philosophy.

51. The Range of Theology.

Sources.

Selected Further Reading.

Part III: Thomism.

52. The First Phase.

53. Second Scholasticism.

54. The Leonine Revival.

55. Three Thomisms.

56. Whither Thomism?.

Selected Further Reading.

Index

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