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An Aquinas Reader [Paperback]

Saint Thomas Aquinas , Mary T. Clark
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31 Oct 1988
Divided into five sections -- Reality (Metaphysics), God and the World, Man, Morality, and Religion -- this anthology offers an unrivaled perspective of the full scope and rich variety of Aquinas's thought. It provides the general reader with an overall survey of one of the most outstanding thinkers of all time and reveals the major influence he has had on many of the world's great thinkers.

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  • Paperback: 597 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; New edition edition (31 Oct 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823212068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823212064
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,756,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary T. Clark is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Manhattanville College where she continues to teach. Among her authored books are Augustine, Philosopher of Freedom; Augustinian Personalism, and, most recently, Augustine: An Introduction. She is a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America, the Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and a recipient of the latter association's Aquinas Medal for eminence in philosophy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well designed as an introduction to Acquinas. 6 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book suffered from three weaknesses, the first of which may be idiosyncratic. 1. A "reader," I presumed, would be an introduction to Acquinas, one I could read without attending a class. Not so. This book assumed a lot of familiarity with Acquinas's terminology and intellectual heritage. 2. The book is organized by topics, with brief excerpts from Thomas's works yanked out of context to fit the editor's topic selection. A sequential selection from Thomas's principal writings would have better preserved the integrity of the works and allowed the reader better to follow Thomas's reasoning. 3. Finally, the editor needed an editor. Her writing is cumbersome. She seems to have forgotten how to write a simple declarative sentence.
I find Moses Maimonides no more approachable than Thomas Acquinas, but Isadore Twersky's "A Maimonides Reader" is far more approachable than Mary Clark's Acquinas reader.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sliced and Diced Aquinas 2 Jan 2000
By Timothy Gregg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an unfortunate example of the sort of thing which academics produce and then force undergraduates to wade through. The author has found all the similar passages in Aquinas' many works and has collected them together in snippets varying from a paragraph to two to three pages in length. This results in great repetition, and the beauty of the sweeping logical development which is presumably present in the original, is lost.
A word of warning to anyone who would approach Aquinas: read your Aristotle first.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well designed as an introduction to Acquinas. 6 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book suffered from three weaknesses, the first of which may be idiosyncratic. 1. A "reader," I presumed, would be an introduction to Acquinas, one I could read without attending a class. Not so. This book assumed a lot of familiarity with Acquinas's terminology and intellectual heritage. 2. The book is organized by topics, with brief excerpts from Thomas's works yanked out of context to fit the editor's topic selection. A sequential selection from Thomas's principal writings would have better preserved the integrity of the works and allowed the reader better to follow Thomas's reasoning. 3. Finally, the editor needed an editor. Her writing is cumbersome. She seems to have forgotten how to write a simple declarative sentence.
I find Moses Maimonides no more approachable than Thomas Acquinas, but Isadore Twersky's "A Maimonides Reader" is far more approachable than Mary Clark's Acquinas reader.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more balanced view of this book 2 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just finished this book. I just took five minutes to tell the customers of Amazon that it is very interesting. It is well presented by Mary Clark with very interesting introductions to the five chapters. This presentation really makes St Thomas Aquinas very readable today. What the Saint focuses on is so important and so relevant to our understanding of our modern world and yet he wrote in the 13th century. When I read the book I tried to always think about how it applies to my life today. Don't be put off by reviews that sound a little bit over the top and too harsh.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notable and Worthwhile Reader 9 Sep 2005
By Matthew V. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This reader is aimed for the graduate student or seminarian studying Philosophy of the Human Person.

This particular edition (maroon cover) is slightly different from the edition with the green cover. Section one on Reality is an historical study of St. Thomas's thought on ESSE. When 'An Aquinas Reader' was originally published (1972) that question of what St. Thomas meant by ESSE was a big deal in Thomsitic circles. Sr. Mary discovered that most college metaphysics professors were not interested in following St. Thomas's thought on ESSE as his life and work progressed, but simply on he topics of 'What is metaphysics?' and other foundational stuff. So she changed section one. Sections 2-5 are virtually unchanged.

The entire book enjoys coherence. Sr. Mary uses headings for each section and gives the source, so that if one so desires, one can go back to the original text and read it in its entirety. In fact, she would encourage anyone and everyone to read the original. The Reader is really a sourcebook to help students understand Thomas and introduce us to a wide range of his works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date and comprehensive 8 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Clark's revision of the Aquinas reader offers the most up to date and comprehensive selection of Aquinas' texts currently available. Especially notable is the way this revision includes principal texts from Aquinas' writings on participation, the centrality of which is now accepted in Continental Thomist studies and is increasingly understood here in the North America (cf. Norris Clarke, John Wippel, et. al.). Highly recommended.
And despite what a previous reviewer said, Mary Clark's introductions and explications are wonderful.
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