The Cambridge Companion to Aquinasby Norman Kretzmann
Pub. Date: 06/28/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Among the great philosophers of the Middle Ages Aquinas is unique in pursuing two apparently disparate projects. On the one hand he developed a philosophical understanding of Christian doctrine in a fully integrated system encompassing all natural and supernatural reality. On the other hand, he was convinced that Aristotle's philosophy afforded the best available philosophical component of such a system. In a relatively brief career Aquinas developed these projects in great detail and with an astonishing degree of success. In this volume ten leading scholars introduce all the important aspects of Aquinas' thought, ranging from its historical background and dependence on Greek, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy and theology, through the metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, to the philosophical approach to Biblical commentary. New readers and nonspecialists will find this the most convenient, accessible guide to Aquinas currently in print. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Aquinas.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Aquinas's philosophy in its historical setting Jan A. Aertsen; 2. Aristotle and Aquinas Joseph Owens; 3. Aquinas and Islamic and Jewish thinkers David B. Burrell; 4. Metaphysics John F. Wippel; 5. Philosophy of mind Norman Kretzmann; 6. Theory of knowledge Scott MacDonald; 7. Ethics Ralph McInerny; 8. Law and politics Paul E. Sigmund; 9. Theology and philosophy Mark D. Jordan; 10. Biblical commentary and philosophy Eleonore Stump.
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