The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas
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Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes. The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. They focus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sections of the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments, resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence. Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.show more

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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 185.42 x 248.92 x 50.8mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195326091
  • 9780195326093
  • 684,155

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This collection is necessary reading for all students of St. Thomas and should become a standard reference in every university library supporting programs in medieval philosophy and theology. * W. P. Haggerty, CHOICE *show more

About Brian Davies

Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, where he has taught since 1995. He previously taught at Oxford University, U.K. In 2005 he received the American Catholic Philosophical Association's Aquinas Medal for Eminence in Philosophy. His research interests are in medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is currently the Editor of Oxford University Press's 'Great Christian Thinkers' series. Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle, SJ, Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division. She presented the Gifford Lectures in Aberdeen, Scotland (2003), the Wilde lectures at Oxford (2006), and the Stewart lectures at Princeton (2009). In 2004, she received the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; (A) AQUINAS AND ARISTOTLE; (B) AUGUSTINE TO AQUINAS (LATIN-CHRISTIAN AUTHORS); (C) AQUINAS, PLATO, AND NEO-PLATONISM; (D) AQUINAS AND JEWISH AND ISLAMIC AUTHORS; (A) BEING; (B) MATTER, FORM, AND INDIVIDUATION; (C) CAUSATION; (D) THE FIVE WAYS; (E) THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE AND THE NOTION OF ANALOGY; (A) GOD'S SIMPLICITY; (B) GOD'S GOODNESS; (C) GOD'S KNOWLEDGE AND WILL; (D) GOD'S IMPASSIBILITY, IMMUTABILITY, AND ETERNALITY; (E) GOD'S OMNIPOTENCE; (A) HUMAN FREEDOM AND AGENCY; (B) EMOTIONS; (C) HAPPINESS; (D) LAW AND NATURAL LAW; (E) CONSCIENCE AND SYNDERESIS; (F) VIRTUES AND VICES; (G) PRACTICAL REASONING; (A) HUMAN KNOWLEDGE; (B) INTELLECTUAL VIRTUES; (C) THE RELATION OF REASON TO FAITH; (A) TRINITY; (B) INCARNATION; (C) THE SAVING WORK OF CHRIST; (D) SACRAMENTS; (E) RESURRECTION AND THE SEPARATED SOUL; (F) PRAYER; (G) THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF AQUINAS'S WRITINGS; EDITIONS AND TRANSLATIONSshow more

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