How to read Aquinas

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Granta Books, Feb 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 116 pages
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Aquinas was a 13th century university teacher educating students in an ecclesiastical tradition, but because he thought authority without reason could not make sense of truth, he taught questioning. This guide considers the role of regularity and chance in the natural world, mind and matter, freedom and moral obligation, law and society, suffering and evil, hope and hopelessness, and what place can rationally be given to Jesus Christ, to religion and churches, to faith and love, and a God. Extracts are taken from the records of Aquinas's classroom disputations and two brilliant conspectuses of his teaching: the Summa Contra Gentesattempting a reasoned dialogue with non-Christian (mainly Arabic) scholars, and the Summa Theologiaeaddressed to his Christian students.

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This is the first book I've read in the 'How to read' series of publications. The idea behind this series is not just to provide a concise biography of the subject, but to introduce the reader to the ... Read full review

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McDermott's previous work on an abridged translation of the Summa is brought to this brief (but by no means, insignificant) primer on Aquinas as a thinker and scholar. Each chapter begins with ... Read full review

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Timothy McDermott is the editor and translator of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: A Concise Translation, and of Aquinas’s Selected Philosophical Writings in the World’s Classics series.

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