The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas

Overview


Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes.

The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that ...

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Overview


Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes.

The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. They focus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sections of the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments, resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence.

Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This collection is necessary reading for all students of St. Thomas and should become a standard reference in every university library supporting programs in medieval philosophy and theology. Essential."--CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195326093
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/25/2012
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Davies is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.

Eleonore Stump is Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Introduction, Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump

Part I - Historical Background
1. Life and Works, Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.
2. Aquinas and Aristotle, James Doig
3. Augustine to Aquinas (Latin-Christian Authors), Alexander Fidora
4. Aquinas, Plato, and Neo-Platonism, Wayne J. Hankey
5. Aquinas and Jewish and Islamic Authors, David B. Burrell, C.S.C.

Part II - Metaphysics and the Existence of God
6. Being, John F. Wippel
7. Matter, Form, and Individuation, Jeffrey E. Brower
8. Causation, Michael Rota
9. The Five Ways, Timothy Pawl

Part III - The Divine Nature
10. God's Simplicity, Eleonore Stump
11. God's Goodness, Ludger Honnefelder
12. God's Knowledge and Will, James Brent, O.P.
13. God's Impassibility, Immutability, and Eternality, Brian Leftow
14. God's Omnipotence, Brian Leftow

Part IV - Ethics and Action Theory
15. Human Freedom and Agency, Thomas Williams
16. Emotions, Peter King
17. Happiness, Brian Davies
18. Law and Natural Law, Michael Baur
19. Conscience and Synderesis, Tobias Hoffman
20. Virtues and Vices, Jean Porter
21. Practical Reasoning, Thomas M. Osborne, Jr.
22. The Theological Virtues, Joseph Wawrykow

Part V - Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind
23. Human Knowledge, Martin Pickavé
24. Intellectual Virtues, Tobias Hoffman
25. The Relation of Reason to Faith, Bruno Niederbacher, S.J.
26. Philosophy of Mind and Human Nature, Robert Pasnau

Part VI - Theory of Language
27. Theory of Language, Gyula Klima
28. The Limits of Language and the Notion of Analogy, Brian Davies

Part VII - Philosophical Theology
29. Providence and the Problem of Evil, Eleonore Stump
30. The Trinity, Gilles Emery
31. Incarnation, Michael Gorman
32. The Saving Work of Christ, Rik Van Nieuwenhove
33. Sacraments, Dominic Holtz, O.P.
34. Resurrection and the Separated Soul, Eleonore Stump
35. Prayer, Brian Davies
36. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Andrew Pinsent

Part VIII - Aquinas's Intellectual Progress and the Influence of his Thinking
37. The Development of Aquinas's Thought, Giorgio Pini
38. The Influence of Aquinas, Christopher Upham

Chronological List of Aquinas's Writings
Editions and Translations
Bibliography
Index

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