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Summa Theologiae [Paperback]

Saint Thomas Aquinas , Timothy McDermott
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11 Mar 1991
A new translation in modern English of Thomas Aquinas's masterpiece.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New ed of Concise ed edition (11 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413653005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413653000
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The real meat of St. Thomas has been captured here with remarkable good judgement, and it is in fact a fresh stimulation experience to read Aquinas' doctrine on a given point gathered all together. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summa a laypersons viewpoint 8 Jun 2009
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I purchased the Summa for reference, having an interest in Theology. I consider myself an amateur Theologian the subject is to important to leave to the professionals! However I found the introdution absorbing and have read large portions of the book. Considering the time the Summa was written, that the book is abridged and translated I found it very readable. In particular the first section on God shows great insight and is still relavent to the modern mind, St Thomas teaches we can know God but not comprehend him. Being a Christian I found the book useful and deserves a place on any bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear and concise translation! 14 Dec 1998
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For those of us who do not have the time to physically sit down and read all five books of the Summa, this is most certainly the closest you will come to consuming the real thing! I found this after I had began to read the first few chapters and nothing comes so close to capturing the essence of Aquinas's writings so thouroughly (and in only a sixth of the size of the original)! This book is a must for the true Thomistic scholar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Expanded Index 4 April 2003
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As a research student in philosophy and a Catholic priest I have found this volume invaluable. It sits on my shelf next to my five volume 1950 Leonine edition of the Summa and acts as an expanded index. This is undoubtedly its greatest value: when seeking something in the Summa the ability to lift down this one volume, look for the appropriate text and check a summary of the Questions before turning to the real thing. I would additionally recommend it to all philosophy students and those interested in Catholic Philosophy and Theology as a text which can stand alone and whet the interest in this great thinkers magnum opus.
59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear and concise translation! 14 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of us who do not have the time to physically sit down and read all five books of the Summa, this is most certainly the closest you will come to consuming the real thing! I found this after I had began to read the first few chapters and nothing comes so close to capturing the essence of Aquinas's writings so thouroughly (and in only a sixth of the size of the original)! This book is a must for the true Thomistic scholar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for students 16 July 2000
By Jason T. Eberl - Published on Amazon.com
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While any rigorous Thomistic scholarship obviously requires reference to Aquinas' unabridged works, this translation and abridgment is ideal for introducing students to Aquinas' thought. It allows students access to primary source material which would otherwise be too voluminous for easy consumption in an introductory setting. While scholars may debate the correctness of some of the translation, that is an issue for almost any translated text. Hence, I utilize this text myself in teaching Aquinas and highly recommend it to others looking for their first exposure to the Angelic Doctor's supreme achievment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbnail of the Summa 6 Nov 2002
By Kendal B. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an impressive book. It is a collection of all of the "I answer that" sections of the Summa Theologica. This gives you a supreme one-volume version of Thomas' affirmative thought on Catholic Theology and Philosophy. This is a great "Thumbnail" and "introduction" to the hefty five-volume opus that many people love, but few have read.
There are only two deficiencies with this volume. It does not have any commentary that other Thomistic books have, such as "A Summa of the Summa." Secondly, it omits the rather fascinating interplay of ideas that characterizes all of Thomas' works. Aquinas was agile at confronting and assimilating opposing ideas. He was able to intellectually met steel to steel, and this is what makes him a mental giant.
This book is good for Catholics who want to know their religion, or anyone who is not Catholic (as I am), who can appreciate a genius when he or she works
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5.0 out of 5 stars A higher reason! 25 Nov 2008
By Robert P. Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of your religious perspective (or lack thereof), you will learn that the basis for a great deal of modern ethical rationale is rooted in the wisdom of Aquinas. This translation is regarded as most readable by those brighter than I; however, as a physician on our academic medical center's Ethics Committee and a Palliative Care Consultative Service, I enjoy the notion that this scholar's influence is profound regardless of one's existential/religious/spiritual biases. I admittedly have to read it in small portions and often cross reference to other areas in the text. At almost 60 years of age, it is especially fun to read this and think of it not as an obligatory chore and more of edification.
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