Aquinas: Selected Writings

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Introduction by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140436327
  • 450 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


In his reflections on Christianity, Saint Thomas Aquinas forged a unique synthesis of ancient philosophy and medieval theology. Preoccupied with the relationship between faith and reason, he was influenced both by Aristotle’s rational world view and by the powerful belief that wisdom and truth can ultimately only be reached through divine revelation. Thomas’s writings, which contain highly influential statements of fundamental Christian doctrine, as well as observations on topics as diverse as political science, anti-Semitism and heresy, demonstrate the great range of his intellect and place him firmly among the greatest medieval philosophers.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Aquinas: Selected Writings

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Thomas Aquinas, Ralph McInerny, Introduction by: Ralph McInerny, Translator: Ralph McInerny


“There are readers of Aquinas’s works, but Penguin’s surpasses all by its sheer size, the very representative choice of texts, the excellent translations, and scholarly, informative introductions.” Albert E. Gunn

Table of Contents

Selected Writings – Thomas Aquinas Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Part One: Student (1245-56)
1. The Inaugural Sermons (1256)
2. On the Principles of Nature (1252-6)
3. On Being and Essence (1252-6)
4. The Nature of Theology. Commentary on Sentences I, Prologue (1252-4)
5. The Work of the Six Days of Creation. Commentary on Sentences 2.2, d. 12 (1252-4)
Part Two: Master at Paris (1256-9)
6. Theology, Faith and Reason. On Boethius On the Trinity, 1-2 (1257)
7. How are Things Good? Exposition of On the Hebdomads of Boethius (1257)
8. The Meanings of Truth. Disputed Question on Truth, I (1256-9)
9. On the Teacher. Disputed Question on Truth, II (1256-9)
10. On Conscience. Disputed Question on Truth, 17 (1256-9)
Part Three: Italy (1259-68)
11. Proof of God’s Existence. Summa contra Gentiles, I, 9-14 (1259)
12. The Human Good. Summa contra Gentiles, 3 (1259-65)
13. On the Divine Simplicity. Disputed Question of the Power of God, 7 (1265-6)
14. On Goodness and the Goodness of God. Summa theologiae, 1, 5-6 (1268)
15. On Creation. Summa theologiae, 1, 44 (1268)
16. On Angelic Knowledge. Summa theologiae, 1, 54-8 (1268)
17. Definitions of Soul. On Aristotle’s De anima, 2, 1-3 (1268)
18. Platonism and Neoplatonism. Preface to Exposition of On the Divine Names (1265-8)
Part Four: Paris (1269-72)
19. The Range of Natural Philosophy. Expositions of Physics, 1, 1, Preface to On the Heavens, Preface to On Sense and the Sensed Object (1269)
20. How Words Mean. Exposition of On Interpretation, 1-5 (1270-71)
21. On the Ultimate End. Summa theologiae, 1-2, 1-5 (1271)
22. On Human Choice. Disputed Question on Evil, 6 (1266-72)
23. What Makes Actions Good or Bad? Summa theologiae, 1-2, 18-20 (1271)
24. On Law and Natural Law. Summa theologiae, 1-2, 90-94 (1271)
25. The Virtues. Summa theologiae, 1-2, 55-7 (1271-2)
26. The Active and Contemplative Lives. Summa theologiae, 2-2, 179-81 (1271-2)
27. On the Eternity of the World (1271)
28. The Love of Wisdom. Exposition of Metaphysics, Preface and 1, 1-3 (1271)
Part Five: Naples (1272-4)
29. The Logic of the Incarnation. Summa theologiae, 3, 16 (1273)
30. What is a Sacrament? Summa theologiae, 3, 6 (1273)
31. The Exposition of the Book of Causes, 1-5 (1272)
32. Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to Philemon (1273)
33. Exposition of the Angelic Salutation (Ave Maria) (1273)
PRH Book Clubs Survey