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Commentary on Aristotle's De Anima

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The fine editions of the Aristotelian Commentary Series make available long out-of-print commentaries of St. Thomas on Aristotle. Each volume has the full text of Aristotle with Bekker numbers, followed by the commentary of St. Thomas, cross-referenced using an easily accessible mode of referring to Aristotle in the Commentary.Each volume is beautifully printed and bound ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published November 15th 1994 by St. Augustines Dumb Ox Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Nathan
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I read this book for an Independent Study. We focused on Books II and III, paying particular attention to Aquinas' view of the Intellect and Imagination. Aquinas revises and criticizes Averroes view of Imagination. For Averroes Imagination was very different than the modern view of Imagination. He thought it was integral to the Intellect and formation of Universal ideas. For Aquinas, in contrast to Averroes' position, the imagination was a way of retaining representations, memories, and images; ...more
John
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Now, for anyone who finds Aristotle a rather bland and thus difficult read, or perhaps for anyone who, admittedly like myself, finds Aristotle a difficult person to understand, this must be picked up immediately. Not only does the book offer a (from what I can tell, and from what I have heard) reliable translation of Aristotle's own text, but Aquinas's commentary is elucidatory and extremely helpful. It is rightly said of the latter that he is perhaps the most knowledgeable reader of the former, ...more
David Haines
Jul 20, 2012 David Haines rated it it was amazing
This book is an essential read for anyone who wishes to talk about the soul (spirit, etc.), or pursue the philosophy of human nature, theological anthropology or philosophy of mind. It is the best commentary on Aristotle's De Anima that exists, and gives a clear understanding of all of the major issues in the subject. It does not, of course, interact with developments or thoughts since the 13th century, but, it equips the thinker to interact with contemporary thoughts on these issues.
Fred
Jun 28, 2015 Fred rated it it was amazing
By far the greatest of Thomas's commentaries on Aristotle that I have yet read. The translation is excellent, and the Angelic Doctor does a fantastic job of explaining The Philosopher's work here. There are too many good passages for me to select a favorite.
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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 fai
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