Selected Philosophical Writings

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St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) saw religion as part of the natural human propensity to worship. His ability to recognize the naturalness of this phenomenon and simultaneously to go beyond it--to explore, for example, spiritual revelation--makes his work as fresh and readable today as it was seven centuries ago.
This accessible new translation offers thirty-eight substantial passages not only from the indispensable Summa Theologicae, but from many other works, fully illustrating...
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Overview


St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) saw religion as part of the natural human propensity to worship. His ability to recognize the naturalness of this phenomenon and simultaneously to go beyond it--to explore, for example, spiritual revelation--makes his work as fresh and readable today as it was seven centuries ago.
This accessible new translation offers thirty-eight substantial passages not only from the indispensable Summa Theologicae, but from many other works, fully illustrating the breadth and progression of Aquinas's philosophy. It is an ideal introduction to this key figure in the philosophy of religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199540273
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 943,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on Sources and Text
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Selected Philosophical Writings
I Structures of Thought 1
1 On Natural Science, Mathematics, and Metaphysics [Expositio super Librum Boethii de Trinitate, 2 [questions 5-6]] 1
II Structures of Things in General 51
2 Being, Unity, Goodness, Truth [Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate, 1.1-3, 21.1] 51
3 Actual and Potential Being [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 1.1] 65
4 Matter, Form, Agent, and Goal [De Principiis Naturae, complete] 67
5 Substance and Accidents, Action and Passion [In Aristotelis Libros Physicorum, 3.5] 80
6 Essence and Existence [De Ente et Essentia, complete] 90
III The Ladder of Being 115
7 General Overview [Summa contra Gentiles, 4.11] 115
8 How Elements are Present within Compounds [De Mixtione Elementorum, complete] 117
9 Life, or Soul and its Abilities [Quaestio Disputata de Spiritualibus Creaturis, 11] 121
10 Levels of Life [Quaestio Disputata de Anima, 13] 129
11 Inner and Outer Senses [Sentencia Libri de Sensu (De Memoria)] 138
12 Mind (a) [Summa Theologiae, 1a.79.2-3] 145
13 Mind (b) [Summa contra Gentiles, 2.77] 150
14 Mind (c) [Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate, 8.6] 152
15 Feelings [Summa Theologiae, 1a2ae.22-3] 156
16 Will as Rational Desire [Summa contra Gentiles, 2.47-8] 169
17 Free Will [Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo, 6] 171
18 Soul in Human Beings [Quaestio Disputata de Anima, 1] 184
19 My Soul is not Me [Super Epistolam Primam Pauli Apostoli ad Corinthios, 15] 192
IV God In Himself 195
20 There Exists a God [Summa Theologiae, 1a.2.1-3] 195
21 God is his Own Existence [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 7.2] 202
22 Eternity and Time [Summa Theologiae, 1a.10.1, 4] 209
23 Do we Have Words for God? [Summa Theologiae, 1a.13.1-6, 12] 214
24 How we Know One Simple God by Many Concepts [Super I Sententiarum, 2.1.3] 230
25 How God Knows Many Things by One Simple Idea [Summa contra Gentiles, 1.50, 53] 240
26 God's Power [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 1.3, 7] 242
V God as the Beginning of Things 251
27 Creation as God's Doing [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 3.1-3] 251
28 Did Creation Occur in Time? [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 3.17] 263
29 Providence (a): The Ordered Universe [Summa contra Gentiles, 3.97-8] 270
30 Providence (b): Chance and Freedom [In Aristotelis Librum Peri Hermeneias, 1.14] 277
31 Providence (c): How Evil is Caused [Summa contra Gentiles, 3.10] 284
32 Providence (d): Does God Cause Evil? [Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo, 3.1-2] 289
33 Is God at Work in Nature and in Will? [Quaestiones Disputatae de Potentia, 3.7-8] 297
VI God as the End of Things 315
34 God as Goal of Human Living [Super IV Sententiarum, 49.1] 315
35 Moral Action [Summa Theologiae, 1a2ae.18-20] 342
36 Virtue [Summa Theologiae, 1a2ae.55-6] 390
37 Law [Summa Theologiae, 1a2ae.90-1] 409
38 Love of God as Virtue [Quaestio Disputata de Caritate, 2] 421
Notes 426
Index 447
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