The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) Paperback – 5 Aug 2010
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"...a splendid piece of work that does just what the series seems intended to do. It also fills a notable gap. There is nothing to compare with it currently in print in English....All of the authors...are well known and respected for their knowledge of Aquinas's writings and for their ability to comment on them. And all of them have produced good and solid essays for this volume--essays that will help beginners (not to mention the so-called 'professionals') to get a handle on Aquinas....Anyone looking for surveys on the topics on which they write will not, I think, find anything in print that is as concise, readable, comprehensive, intelligent, and accurate as what they offer in this volume." Brian Davies, Philosophical Review
"This excellent collection of essays on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas constitutes another very fine volume in the Cambridge Companion series....The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas ably fulfills this commitment to students and nonspecialists with essays by the leading scholars of the philosophy of Aquinas, written in a manner easily accessible to novices but without sacrificing scholarly sophistication. These essays will also be of genuine interest to specialists who will find in its pages careful and original expositions of Aquinas's thought, informed by the latest scholarship, and engaged in the latest interpretive debates....All in all, this book is first-rate and deserves to be a standard reference work for the philosophy of Aquinas. It is highly recommended for all students of Aquinas's thought regardless of level of expertise." Andrew J. Dell'Olio, Faith and Philosophy
Ten leading scholars introduce all the important aspects of Aquinas' thought, ranging from its historical background and dependence on Greek, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy and theology, through the metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, to the philosophical approach to Biblical commentary.See all Product description
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A much better introduction is "Aquinas: a very short introduction" by Fergus Kerr (indeed very short, but precise and witty), and "Aquinas" by Frederic Copleston (out of print, but lucid and beautifully written).
Like most great philosophers, Aquinas is demanding. His insights are surrounded by a terminology and a methodology of their own (or rather, by a terminology and a methodology developed by many thinkers, of which he is the paradigmatic example). For those who want to make an expedition into this arid but beautiful region of the mind, it is necessary to begin not by flying near the summit in a jet-plane, but by setting off on foot, after packing the right equipment in their bags. The two books cited above are a good first move in that direction. The next step should probably be to participate in a seminar or discussion group in which an actual text of Aquinas (normally the "Summa") is read and discussed.
For them, this volume is exactly what they need.
By gathering up some of the top Aquinas scholars in the field, this volume presents the major topics of Aquinas' work in a lucid, considered, and (most importantly) easily understood way. While certainly not comprehensive (that is not its aim, and after all, the book would be another 500 pages at least), any potential Thomist scholar would be greatly served by this volume. Not only do the various authors give the reader a general overview of Thomas' thought and development, they also introduce some of the disputes going on within academic Thomistic studies. As such, this volume is a good starting point for those interested in Aquinas, be it an academic interest or an desire to learn about the life and thought of a Doctor of the Church.
Admittedly, one should not try and delve into this book with no previous background into Thomas' thought. It does presume some level of familiarity with the terminology Aquinas gained from Aristotle, as well as from the Church Fathers and others. Given this, a general background in philosophy and/or patristic/scholastic theology should suffice for most of the work.
If you want to understand Aquinas, but are just starting out, you should have this book on your shelf. Highly Recommended.
This book is a must have for any serious student of Aquinas and medieval philosophy.
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