Selected Philosophical Writings (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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"All those teachers who wish to include Aquinas in their courses (whether of philosophy, history, or theology) will be in McDermott's debt.... by making available so rich a selection of Aquinas' writing, he puts [readers] into the best position to draw their own conclusions."--International Philosophical Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Timothy McDermott is also the author of St Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologicae: A Concise Translation (1989).
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Not a religious work per se, then, but a very challenging analytical one. McDermott's modern translation tries to ensure that it isn't harder work than needs be, but if you buy this you'd better be sure you're ready to put in a real shift.
The received opinion of Aquinas among materialists is that, as Bertrand Russell put it, his work is 'not philosophy but special pleading', because he knows in advance what he wants the answer to be. The second part is true, anyway; he set out to justify the doctrines of the church. But who are we kidding? Philosophy - and science - is always more or less an attempt to justify what we already believe. It is impossible it should be anything else, because the way we frame our investigations is dictated by our existing beliefs (and Russell, in approaching Aquinas, was no exception). What matters is whether we succeed in doing it, and whether we are honest enough to accept when we have failed to do it. By those criteria Aquinas, in the context of his time, scores pretty well.
I have two criticisms of this as an anthology. Physically it is of very poor quality; I hope it isn't representative of the Oxford World Classics range nowadays.Read more ›