The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 1993 - Philosophy - 302 pages
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Among the great philosophers of the Middle Ages Aquinas is unique in pursuing two apparently disparate projects. On the one hand he developed a philosophical understanding of Christian doctrine in a fully integrated system encompassing all natural and supernatural reality. On the other hand, he was convinced that Aristotle's philosophy afforded the best available philosophical component of such a system. In a relatively brief career Aquinas developed these projects in great detail and with an astonishing degree of success. In this volume ten leading scholars introduce all the important aspects of Aquinas' thought, ranging from its historical background and dependence on Greek, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy and theology, through the metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, to the philosophical approach to Biblical commentary. New readers and nonspecialists will find this the most convenient, accessible guide to Aquinas currently in print. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Aquinas.
 

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Contents

Aquinass philosophy in its historical setting
12
Aristotle and Aquinas
38
Aquinas and Islamic and Jewish thinkers
60
Metaphysics
85
Philosophy of mind
128
Theory of knowledge
160
Ethics
196
Law and politics
217
Theology and philosophy
232
Biblical commentary and philosophy
252
Bibliography
269
References to Aquinass Works
281
Index
289
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