Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology

Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology

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Aristotle in Aquinas's Theology explores the role of Aristotelian concepts, principles, and themes in Thomas Aquinas's theology. Each chapter investigates the significance of Aquinas's theological reception of Aristotle in a central theological domain: the Trinity, the angels, soul and body, the Mosaic law, grace, charity, justice, contemplation and action, Christ, and the sacraments. In general, the essays focus on the Summa theologiae, but some
range more widely in Aquinas's corpus. For some time, it has above all been the influence of Aristotle on Aquinas's philosophy that has been the centre of attention. Perhaps in reaction to philosophical neo-Thomism, or perhaps because this Aristotelian influence appears no longer necessary to demonstrate, the role of
Aristotle in Aquinas's theology presently receives less theological attention than does Aquinas's use of other authorities (whether Scripture or particular Fathers), especially in domains outside of theological ethics. Indeed, in some theological circles the influence of Aristotle upon Aquinas's theology is no longer well understood. Readers will encounter here the great Aristotelian themes, such as act and potency, God as pure act, substance and accidents, power and generation, change and
motion, fourfold causality, form and matter, hylomorphic anthropology, the structure of intellection, the relationship between knowledge and will, happiness and friendship, habits and virtues, contemplation and action, politics and justice, the best form of government, and private property and the common
good. The ten essays in this book engage Aquinas's reception of Aristotle in his theology from a variety of points of view: historical, philosophical, and constructively theological.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 16mm | 446g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198808542
  • 9780198808541
  • 842,118

Table of contents

List of Contributors
1: Gilles Emery, O.P.: Central Aristotelian Themes in Aquinas's Trinitarian Theology
2: Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P.: Aristotelianism and Angelology according to Saint Thomas Aquinas
3: Raymond Hain: Aquinas and Aristotelian Hylomorphism
4: Matthew Levering: Aristotle and the Mosaic Law
5: Simon Francis Gaine, O.P.: Aristotle's Philosophy in Aquinas's Theology of Grace in the Summa theologiae
6: Guy Mansini, O.S.B.: 1. Aristotle and Aquinas's Theology of Charity in the Summa theologiae
7: Christopher A. Franks: 1. Aristotelian Doctrines in Aquinas's Treatment of Justice
8: Mary Catherine Sommers: Contemplation and Action in Aristotle and Aquinas
9: Corey L. Barnes: Aristotle in the Summa theologiae's Christology
10: John P. Yocum: Aristotle in Aquinas's Sacramental Theology
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...readers interested in Thomist theology or Aristotelian philosophy will find much to profit from within this work. * Joel Pierce (University of Aberdeen), Studies in Christian Ethics * This is a highly readable account of the role that Aristotle plays in the theology of Aquinas . . . Over the years, Matthew Levering and Gilles Emery have helped this reviewer towards a better understanding of Aquinas. This excellent work is a further such contribution. * Dr Pravin Thevathasan, Catholic Medical Quarterly *
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About O. P. Gilles Emery

Gilles Emery, O.P. is Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Matthew Levering is the Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.
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