The Metaphysics of Theism: Aquinass Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles I

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byNorman Kretzmann

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About Aquinas:St Thomas Aquinas lived from 1224/5 to 1274, mostly in his native Italy but for a time in France. He was the greatest of the medieval philosopher/theologians, and one of the most important of all Western thinkers. His most famous books are the two summaries of his teachings, the Summa contragentiles and the Summa theologiae.About the book:The Metaphysics of Theism presents an explanation and evaluation of Aquinas's natural theology, the paradigm of which is the first book of the Summa contra gentiles. But in addition to considering this as a monumental achievement of medieval philosophy, Norman Kretzmann approaches it as acontinuing enterprise which can be developed with considerable benefit in contemporary philosophy.Professor Kretzmann follows Aquinas in seeing natural theology as the means of integrating philosophy and theology. What makes this enterprise natural theology is its forgoing of appeals to revelation as evidence for the truth of propositions. What makes it natural theology is its agenda: toinvestigate, by means of analysis and argument, not only the existence and nature of God but also the relation of everything else--especially human nature and behaviour--to God considered as reality's first principle. Professor Kretzmann argues that natural theology offers the only route by whichphilosophers can, as philosophers, approach theological propositions, and that the one presented in this book is the best available natural theology.

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About Aquinas:St Thomas Aquinas lived from 1224/5 to 1274, mostly in his native Italy but for a time in France. He was the greatest of the medieval philosopher/theologians, and one of the most important of all Western thinkers. His most famous books are the two summaries of his teachings, the Summa contragentiles and the Summa theolo...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Theology from the bottom up2. The God of the self-movers3. The existence of alpha4. From independence to perfection5. From perfection to infinity6. Intellect7. Will8. Joy, love, and liberalityAppendix 1: Chronology of Aquinas's life and worksAppendix 2: Pera (Marietti) edition and Pegis translationReferences, index locorum, general index

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`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 looksforward to the appearance of the companion volumes.'Gerard J. Hughes, Religious Studies