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The selections not only include St. Thomas Aquinas’s views on government, law, war, property, and sexual ethics, but also provide the theological, epistemological, and psychological background for his political and ethical thought, including the Five Proofs on the existence of God and Aquinas’s theories of knowledge, the soul, the purpose of man, and the order of the unive

Paperback, 249 pages
Published November 17th 1987 by W.W. Norton & Company
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Aug 07, 2013 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Religious thinkers
I disagree with most of Aquinas' philosophy on moral issues, probably because I'm not a religious person and the majority of his opinions are based exclusively in scriptures and writings by earlier saints, but he did have a huge effect on the way religion was thought about and talked about. He introduced the concept of rational thought to the Catholic church, and that's a huge moment in history. I did like the section at the end of the book that had essays with modern interpretations of Aquinas' ...more
Another one I'm really wanting to reread, but need to get to some others first... I'm sure I'll wander back some day. The portion of Aquinas' writings that were included was far too abbreviated, but what was there was very good/interesting/thought-provoking. And the 'source' documents as well as the responses to Aquinas' works were great reads, if some bits denser and so, slower than others.
Oh man I know he was all a big important thinker of the time, and I have to take into account the culture and where he was coming from but I am just not equipped to stomach all this weaksauce bullshit.
interesting in context. somewhat revolutionary attempt to embrace parts of Greek thought that were typically rejected at the time. Yet another religious dude that can only see the world through the lens of his dogma, starts with the conclusion, and insists on baptizing Plato.
I heard an interesting interview with two Swiss medieval philosophy scholars, Joel Lonfat and Bettina Kreissl-Lonfat on The Saint Cast (a podcast I subscribe to on iTunes - this was episode #114), which got me interested enough to read more. Their website is here:
Phillip Johnston
Short summary of Aquinas's works with selections that show both the Aristotelean tradition and why he was one of the primary church doctors. Also has useful commentary included.
Abby Ang
Reread from Civ. I really liked it this time around, and really appreciated how clearly his reasoning was, even though it's not always something I agreed with.
interesting stuff. religion is some crazy stuff. amazing how much it affects. and also amazing how long some of those effects last/continue to last.
Three stars, mainly because i disagreed with his shrill and antiquated moral perspective. Still an interesting read, even for an agnostic.
Shaun Kenney
If I had only one book to offer someone on scholastic thought... this would be the one-volume I would pull down from the shelf.
Hevel Cava
Insightful, lucid, profound...
Amazing read!!!
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