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Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectivesby Brian Davies
Synopses & Reviews
The work of Thomas Aquinas has always enjoyed a privileged position as a pillar of Catholic theology, but for centuries his standing among western philosophers was less sure. Today, Aquinas's work is recognized as a cornerstone of the western philosophical tradition.
This book offers a full-scale introduction to Aquinas's philosophy. Brian Davies has collected in one volume the best recent essays on Aquinas by some of the world's foremost scholars of medieval philosophy. Taken together, they illuminate the entire spectrum of Aquinas's thought: philosophy of nature, logic, metaphysics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, and ethics. The essays are philosophically solid, readable, informative, critical, and evaluative of the texts of Aquinas. Davies frames the essays with a detailed introduction that provides an account of Aquinas's life and works, as well as of his major philosophical conclusions.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-400).
Table of Contents
The commentary of St. Thomas on the De caelo of Aristotle / James A. Weisheipl — Matter and actuality in Aquinas / Christopher Hughes — The logic of being in Thomas Aquinas / Hermann Weidemann — The realism of Aquinas / Sandra Edwards — Natural reason in the Summas contra gentiles / Rudi A. te Velde — The esse/essentia argument in Aquinas's de ente et essentia / Scott MacDonald — The five ways / John F. Wippel — Aquinas on what God is not / Brain Davies — Intentionality : Aquinas and Wittgenstein / Anthony Kenny — Man = body + soul : Aquinas's arithmetic of human nature / Gyula Klima — Aquinas's account of freedom : intellect and will / Eleonore Stump — Being and goodness / Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann — Law and politics / Paul E. Sigmund — Aquinas on good sense / Herbert McCabe — Aquinas on the passions / Peter King.
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