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This lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas focuses on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation. Introduces students this great philosopher of the middle ages in one short book. Brings together alternative approaches to Aquinas’ thought. Uses key texts to describe the trajectory of Aquinas’ philosophy and the legacy it left behind. This is the first title in a new Polity series, Classic Thinkers.
|Format:||Paperback / softback, 168 pages||Language:||English|
|Dimension:||152 x 13 x 229mm||ISBN10:||0745626874|
|Weight:||249g||ISBN13:||9780745626871||Publication Date:||20 Nov 2003||Publisher:||Polity Press|
Inerny knows as much about Thomas Aquinas, and about how to communicate his thought, as anyone else alive. He is not only a very learned commentator upon him, but also a fluent, lucid, and often entertaining writer, who can make profound ideas seem deceptively simple.
Inerny offers an accessible guide to a difficult and important topic." The Heythrop Journal "Mc
Inery is perhaps the most important Catholic philosopher of his generation. While many limit philosophy to textual exegesis of formal logic, Mc
Inerny, in the spirit of his immediate predecessors Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain, still regards philosophy as the pursuit of wisdom, speculative and practical. Steeped in the history of philosophy, Mc
Inerny is a reliable guide to Aristotle and Aquinas and their commentators through the ages. He writes not for colleagues down the hall or for the appreciation of antiquity or who seek an intellectual compass in stormy times. Translated into many languages, his work rightly commands a global audience. For its freshness, Aquinas will only enhance Mc
Inerny’s status as a major interpreter of the Angelic Doctor." Jude P. Dougherty, The Catholic University of America "Aquinas lived in a time of remarkable intellectual and religious ferment. His thought, which Mc
Inerny following John Paul II describes as an implicit philosophy, articulates not just for his own time, but foe all times, the philosophical principles implicitly operative in human nature. In his new primer on Aquinas, Ralph Mc
Inerny manages the impossible. He gives us Aquinas, his times, the core of his philosophical teaching, and the significance of his continued contribution to philosophy and theology. With the deft stlye of the novelist and the clarity of a seasoned teacher of Aquinas, Mc
Inerny provides a marvelous path into the thought of the greatest of Catholic teachers." Thomas Hibbs, Boston College
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This book is a lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas. While primarily a theologian, Aquinas’ conception of theology presupposed an autonomous philosophy. This book concentrates on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation. As a philosopher, Aquinas is fundamentally Aristotelian. Like Aristotle, he sees philosophy as emerging from the ordinary thinking of ordinary human beings (and philosophers when they are off duty). Philosophy does not initiate certain knowledge but prolongs it by perfecting the instrument of thinking and expanding its content. The quest for wisdom, like that for happiness, is an inescapable fact of human existence. This book uses key and crucial texts to describe the trajectory of Aquinas’ philosophical thought from the analysis of changeable things through the reasoned awareness that to be and to be material are not identical to such knowledge as we can have of God. This brings Aquinas to the threshold of Christian faith.
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This book is a lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas. While primarily a theologian, Aquinas’ conception of theology presupposed an autonomous philosophy. This book concentrates on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation. As a philosopher, Aquinas is fundamentally Aristotelian. Like Aristotle, he sees philosophy as emerging from the ordinary thinking of ordinary human beings (an
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