The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas

Paperback | January 14, 2014

EditorBrian Davies, Eleonore Stump

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Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes.The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. Theyfocus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sectionsof the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments,resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence. Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributorshave space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.

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Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes.The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the m...

Brian Davies is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. Eleonore Stump is Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsList of ContributorsBrian Davies and Eleonore Stump: IntroductionPart I - Historical Background1. Jean-Pierre Torrell: Life and Works2. James Doig: Aquinas and Aristotle3. Alexander Fidora: Augustine to Aquinas (Latin-Christian Authors)4. Wayne J. Hankey: Aquinas, Plato, and Neo-Platonism5. David B. Burrell: Aquinas and Jewish and Islamic AuthorsPart II - Metaphysics and the Existence of God6. John F. Wippel: Being7. Jeffrey E. Brower: Matter, Form, and Individuation8. Michael Rota: Causation9. Timothy Pawl: The Five WaysPart III - The Divine Nature10. Eleonore Stump: God's Simplicity11. Ludger Honnefelder: God's Goodness12. James Brent: God's Knowledge and Will13. Brian Leftow: God's Impassibility, Immutability, and Eternality14. Brian Leftow: God's OmnipotencePart IV - Ethics and Action Theory15. Thomas Williams: Human Freedom and Agency16. Peter King: Emotions17. Brian Davies: Happiness18. Michael Baur: Law and Natural Law19. Tobias Hoffman: Conscience and Synderesis20. Jean Porter: Virtues and Vices21. Thomas M. Osborne, Jr.: Practical Reasoning22. Joseph Wawrykow: The Theological VirtuesPart V - Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind23. Martin Pickav: Human Knowledge24. Tobias Hoffman: Intellectual Virtues25. Bruno Niederbacher: The Relation of Reason to Faith26. Robert Pasnau: Philosophy of Mind and Human NaturePart VI - Theory of Language27. Gyula Klima: Theory of Language28. Brian Davies: The Limits of Language and the Notion of AnalogyPart VII - Philosophical Theology29. Eleonore Stump: Providence and the Problem of Evil30. Gilles Emery: The Trintiy31. Michael Gorman: Incarnation32. Rik Van Nieuwenhove: The Saving Work of Christ33. Dominic Holtz: Sacraments34. Eleonore Stump: Resurrection and the Separated Soul35. Brian Davies: Prayer36. Andrew Pinsent: The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy SpiritPart VIII - Aquinas's Intellectual Progress and the Influence of his Thinking37. Giorgio Pini: The Development of Aquinas's Thought38. Christopher Upham: The Influence of AquinasChronological List of Aquinas's WritingsEditions and TranslationsBibliographyIndex