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The Metaphysics of Theism: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa Contra Gentiles I (Vol 1) Paperback – 7 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019924653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199246533
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.8 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Review from previous edition Kretzmann's treatment highlights the systematic and cumulative nature of Aquinas's natural theology ... It is comparatively hard ... to find books that both come to grips with Aquinas's arguments in all their rich detail, and address the sorts of worries that a contemporary philosopher (especially a contemporary analytic philosopher) might have about their cogency. The Metaphysics of Theism is thoroughly successful on both scores, and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Aquinas, or more broadly in philosophical theology. (Christopher Hughes Mind)

Norman Kretzmann's new book, The Metaphysics of Theism, occupies a special and prominent place in the Author's scholarly activity. (Agnieszka Kijewska, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie)

Kretzmann's is a sympathetic and in many ways thoroughgoing bid both to make this medieval work intelligible to contemporary readers and to commend its metaphysics. It is enhanced by a number of well placed reminders of just how each part fits into the overall plan of the work. (Barry Miller, International Philosophical Quarterly)

His book is much to be welcomed ... It is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Aquinas and/or the project of natural theology. (Brian Davies, OP, Journal of Theological Studies)

this is an excellent book, all the more welcome in that there is not similar commentary available. It contains a handy chronology of Aquinas's life, an index locorum, a concordance between the numbering of the Marietti edition and the Pegis translation, and a good bibliography. One looks forward to the appearance of the companion volumes. (Gerard J. Hughes, Religious Studies)

About the Author

Norman Kretzmann, Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Cornell University, New York, completed this book at the beginning of 1998, and died in the summer of that year. He taught philosophy at Cornell for more than thirty years, and also held appointments at Bryn Mawr College, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois, and visiting positions at Wayne State University and the Universities of Minnesota, Arizona, and Oxford. This is the follow-up to Professor Kretzmann's 1997 Clarendon Press volume The Metaphysics of Theism: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles I. He also published scholarly editions of various medieval texts (by William of Sherwood, William of Ockham, Paul of Venice, and Richard Kilvington), many learned articles and essays, and a number of edited collections. He was the principal editor of The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy (1982), and co-editor with Eleonore Stump of The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas (1993).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece by a gifted intepreter 7 Mar. 2005
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Essential for any intermediate to advanced student of medieval philosophy or philosophy of religion. Kretzmann extracts the most powerful arguments from the Summa Contra Gentiles. If you think you know Aquinas's proofs, thanks to a Philosophy 101 treatment of the Five Ways in the Summa Theologica, think again! The ST is for beginners -- the SCG is the graduate seminar, and Kretzmann brings it to life again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter J. Gulden, III, Esq. (M.T.S., Duke) 19 Sept. 2008
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A tremendously significant contribution to philosophical theology, Kretzmann's book offers a sufficiently full explication of Aquinas' work so as to better enable modern readers to grapple more profitably with his arguments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aquinas, where are you when we need you? 13 Jun. 2000
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Thomas Aquinas' metaphysics are very outdated. I find it amazing that this is still upheld as "the" source of truth for orthodox catholics. Much has been said and critisized, specially about Aristotle, which is the basis of most of what Aquinas has to say. You can't remove the foundation and expect the house to remain unaffected. But in this field stranger things have been known to happen. All in all, Aquinas is still a magnificent piece of work, an amazing intelectual trip and when not read directly, as it is in this case, it can even be fun.
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