The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521437691
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,013,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Aquinas's philosophy in its historical setting 12
2 Aristotle and Aquinas 38
3 Aquinas and Islamic and Jewish thinkers 60
4 Metaphysics 85
5 Philosophy of mind 128
6 Theory of knowledge 160
7 Ethics 196
8 Law and politics 217
9 Theology and philosophy 232
10 Biblical commentary and philosophy 252
Bibliography 269
References to Aquinas's Works 281
Index 289
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