Aquinas: Political Writings

Overview

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a massively influential figure in the history of western thought and of the Catholic Church. In this major addition to the Cambridge Texts series R.W. Dyson (whose modern rendition of Augustine's City of God has already been widely acclaimed) has chosen texts by Aquinas that show his development of a Christian version of the philosophy of Aristotle, its contrast with the Augustinian thought that had coloured so much political thinking in the previous eight centuries, and St. ...
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Overview

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a massively influential figure in the history of western thought and of the Catholic Church. In this major addition to the Cambridge Texts series R.W. Dyson (whose modern rendition of Augustine's City of God has already been widely acclaimed) has chosen texts by Aquinas that show his development of a Christian version of the philosophy of Aristotle, its contrast with the Augustinian thought that had coloured so much political thinking in the previous eight centuries, and St. Thomas's views as to the purpose of government, constitutions, and the relations between secular and ecclesiastical power. Property, slavery and usury are fully covered, as are St. Thomas's celebrated and influential writings on law. The translations are extremely accessible and the whole is supported by all of the usual series features designed to assist the reader, including brief biographies, notes for further reading and a concise critical introduction.
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'For all involved in teaching and studying political thought this is a most welcome volume.' Contemporary Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511801952
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012

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Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) is arguably the greatest thinker of the Middle Ages, and a massive figure in the history of philosophy, and in the history of the Catholic church.
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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Brief chronology; Bibliography; 1. Government and politics; 2. Obedience; 3. Law; 4. Right, justice and judgment; 5. Property relations; 6. War, sedition and killing; 7. Heresy, apostasy and unbelief; Biographical glossary; Index.
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