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Saint Thomas Aquinas V1: The Person and His Work
Highly acclaimed as the most reliable, thorough, and accessible introduction to Thomas Aquinas, this first volume in Jean-Pierre Torrell's set of books on the great Dominican theologian has been revised to include a new appendix. The appendix consists of additions to the text, the catalog of Aquinas's work, and the chronology. Each item in the appendix is called out in the ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Catholic University of America Press
(first published August 1st 1996)
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Torrell's work is undoubtably of enormous benefit to scholars already intimately familiar with the life and work of Thomas Aquinas, but for those looking for an introduction to the Angelic Doctor's life and thought, the book is a disappointment. Part historiography, part biography, part theological and literary analysis, the book feels disjointed. The minutia explored at length regarding the date of composition of the various works discussed is tedious at best. There are, however, real gems to b ...more
An intellectual biography. The narrative became rather choppy at many points when Torrell takes time to give multiple positions from this and that scholar's interpretation of a book's dating, and so on. This would be beneficial more as a reference book than a biography that reads well and is engaging to the reader (cf. Marsden's Edwards or Brown's Augustine of Hippo).