Selected Philosophical Writings

Selected Philosophical Writings St Thomas Aquinas 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 i to explore fo

  • Title: Selected Philosophical Writings
  • Author: Thomas Aquinas Timothy McDermott
  • ISBN: 9780192835857
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 i 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 substantiaSt 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 i 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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    1. Thomas Aquinas Timothy McDermott

      Thomas Aquinas sometimes styled Thomas of Aquin or Aquino , was a Dominican friar and priest notable as a scholastic theologian and philosopher He is honored as a saint and Doctor of the Church in the Roman Catholic tradition.Aquinas lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between faith and reason, calling into question the modus vivendi that had obtained for centuries This crisis flared up just as universities were being founded Thomas, after early studies at Montecassino, moved on to the University of Naples, where he met members of the new Dominican Order It was at Naples too that Thomas had his first extended contact with the new learning When he joined the Dominican Order he went north to study with Albertus Magnus, author of a paraphrase of the Aristotelian corpus Thomas completed his studies at the University of Paris, which had been formed out of the monastic schools on the Left Bank and the cathedral school at Notre Dame In two stints as a regent master Thomas defended the mendicant orders and, of greater historical importance, countered both the Averroistic interpretations of Aristotle and the Franciscan tendency to reject Greek philosophy The result was a new modus vivendi between faith and philosophy which survived until the rise of the new physics The Catholic Church has over the centuries regularly and consistently reaffirmed the central importance of Thomas s work for understanding its teachings concerning the Christian revelation, and his close textual commentaries on Aristotle represent a cultural resource which is now receiving increased recognition.

    319 thoughts on “Selected Philosophical Writings”

    1. Reading Aquinas is like listening to your Aunt Bev lecture you on post WWII politicsutterly boring but you know you are obligated to listen and simply nod your head and say "mmhmm" every minute or so.Nevertheless, I did absorb a good amount of this material. And despite all the repetition, there were a few gems in this book, as it is organized quite nicely with an index in the back which I am sure I will consult anytime I need Aquinas' philosophical opinion on the matter.Necessary reading.



    2. This book is full of earlier Philosophers work, such as Aristotle, Pseudo-Dionysus, Boethius etc it does have Aquinas own take on matters. The book skips back and forth and is very repetitive for the few gems within. one thing is clear, that Aquinas was borrowed out of context by Catholicism and the fact he draws heavily on Earlier Greek philosophy proves it. Some really good sections on life after death, energy and soul. Overall I found the reading repetitive and tedious in places.


    3. Of course, I didn't read all of it. How could I. But I did read some of it for a class I took on Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion last semester when I was studying in Dublin. And I feel like that effort counts for something.



    4. Aquinas is a methodical thinker with some useful insights, but based on this translation I would never read him again. The writing is unbearably dull. I had to really slog through this one.


    5. The law section was revolutionary and fascinating. Still prefer to watch paint dry, not because it's more interesting but because it's less theologically problematic.


    6. I am so heartbroken to be away from England that I am giving all its related books mediocre reviews.



    7. Nice compilation of some of the Dumb Ox's writings. It's fairly standard Aquinas. If you don't want to spend the money on Aquinas' actual volumes, I would recommend this text and the one called "Selected Writings" published by Penguin. I would start with this one, and then move on to the Penguin one. It's a good way to understand Aquinas' main conclusions and arguments (albeit this is just brushing the snow off, not even scratching the surface. Aquinas runs deep) and figuring out if Aquinas is t [...]


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