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Aquinas's Summa: Background, Structure, and Reception by Jean-Pierre Torrell

By Jean-Pierre Torrell

In this concise new quantity by means of the acclaimed writer of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his services to undergo on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will flip to this e-book repeatedly for a short and well known creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its historic, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting value.

Torrell starts off with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's lifestyles after which turns his recognition to the final buildings and particular content material of the Summa. He considers the literary and doctrinal context of the Summa, situating the paintings in the total literary corpus of the Angelic surgeon and studying Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab resources.

The moment half the e-book surveys the background of the Summa's effect from Aquinas's loss of life in 1274 throughout the 20th century. Torrell lines the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its sluggish begin, in the course of the eventual emergence of Thomism, and eventually to its frequent attractiveness. The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the last word triumph of Aquinas's paintings with the encyclical Aeternis patris and, within the wake of Vatican II there was renewed curiosity in its content material and strategy.

This booklet is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. it is going to be of substantial curiosity to readers looking to comprehend and delight in the content material, strategy, and influence of the Summa and the guy who wrote it.


Jean-Pierre Torrell is a Dominican priest of the Toulouse province and professor of dogmatic theology on the collage of Fribourg. he's the writer of the hugely praised Saint Thomas Aquinas volumes released by means of CUA Press. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., professor of theology at Saint Anselm collage, is writer of Christian Anthropology and Sexual Ethics.


"A tidy creation to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written by means of the reigning specialist at the lifestyles and paintings of St. Thomas. there isn't any different e-book like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] whilst positioned with appreciate to its antecedents and its posterity, the Summa seems to be as a 'living' paintings, wealthy in its history and ready to maintain new and inventive appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a really priceless advent not just to the constitution and content material of the Summa Theologiae, but additionally to the individual and paintings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. This little booklet is important for its breadth, accessibility and readability. . . . [It is an] vital contribution to the corpus of secondary Thomistic literature." ― Christopher Cuddy, Lay Witness

"[S]tock questions are apt to floor in our minds, and greater than as soon as. Who? What? the place? whilst? And why? Who used to be grasp Thomas, and what paintings did he set for himself? the place was once he whilst he wrote it? And why, regardless of its huge, immense significance, used to be even this towering genius not able to complete it sooner than his dying, on the soft age of forty nine? Jean-Pierre Torrell accessibly and instructively solutions all of those questions, and extra.
The 'more' that he deals is a century-by-century account of the reception of Aquinas's Summa. Who learn it and profited, who misinterpret it and didn't; who overlooked it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This ebook is ideal for these starting research within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it's going to even be invaluable as a brief reference advisor and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reports Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it incorporates a large volume of knowledge in regards to the Summa. furthermore it presents an enormous framework for figuring out what one encounters within the Summa. even if this booklet fo

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But this does not obviate the need for his created soul to know things by means of his human faculties. Were this not the case, his humanity would have known nothing at all and would have been assumed by the Word in vain (q. 9). Thomas grants, therefore, three kinds of knowledge to the soul of Christ: the beatific vision by which he could see God in the same way that the elect of heaven do (q. O); infused knowledge by which he had knowledge of all that can be known by human intelligence (q. II); and finally acquired knowledge by which he knew the same way all men know, from experience (q.

The commentary on the Ethics is driven by the explicitly Christian principle of the beatific vision. The com- 77 mentary on the Metaphysics is oriented toward a metaphysics of Greeks,Jews, and Arabs We are beginning to understand a bit better what Thomas owed to non-Christian thinkers, although work in this area is still in progress. Lacking a global or exhaustive evaluation, we nevertheless have a relatively precise idea concerning certain of these sources. ARISTOTLE The presence and influence of Aristotle in Thomas's writings no longer have to be shown.

Since Christ was totally free from sin, he was not subject to them in the same way that we are. We can sometimes have the impression that Thomas does not see his intuitions through to the end. But his study of the passions of Christ is one of those chapters that best dispels any Summa: Structures and Content II The Third Part notion of docetism. In the following sub-section, he discusses the unity of Christ's being (q. 17), the manner in which his hu- in the womb of her mother to Jesus's baptism by John the Baptist, by way of Mary's virginity and marriage, the Annunciation, man freedom submits to the divine will (q.

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