Aquinas: Selected Writings

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Thomas Aquinas
Editor/introduction: Ralph McInerny
Translator: Ralph McInerny
Ralph McInerny

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

Overview

Although a controversial figure in his own day, St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-74) forged a unique synthesis of faith and reason, of ancient philosophy and sacred scripture, which decisively influenced Dante and the whole subsequent Catholic tradition.

Intensely interested in Aristotle, as well as Plato, Paul and Augustine, Thomas believed that unaided human thought can take us a long way towards wisdom and truth, although it must always be supplemented by the central mystery of revelation. His writings contain many classic statements of doctrine about angels, the Incarnation, Trinity, sacraments and the soul, and also penetrating discussions on choice, creation and conscience, law, logic and the purpose of life.

In this superb selection, arranged chronologically, Ralph McInerny brings together sermons, commentary responses to criticism and substantial extracts from one of Christianity’s supreme masterpieces, the Summa theologiae. For anyone concerned to find ways of reconciling science and reason and religion, Thomas has always been a major source inspiration. This volume reveals both the development and sheer scope of his work.

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Thomas Aquinas
Editor/introduction: Ralph McInerny
Translator: Ralph McInerny
Ralph McInerny

Praise

“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

Introduction
Chronology
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)

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