Basic Works

ISBN-10: 1624661246
ISBN-13: 9781624661242
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Description: Drawn from a wide range of writings and featuring state-of-the-art translations, Basic Works offers convenient access to Thomas Aquinas' most important discussions of nature, being and essence, divine and human nature, and ethics and human action.  More...

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List price: $34.00
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.55" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Drawn from a wide range of writings and featuring state-of-the-art translations, Basic Works offers convenient access to Thomas Aquinas' most important discussions of nature, being and essence, divine and human nature, and ethics and human action. The translations all capture Aquinas's sharp, transparent style and display terminological consistency. Many were originally published in the acclaimed translation-cum-commentary series "The Hackett Aquinas", edited by Robert Pasnau and Jeffrey Hause. Others appear here for the first time: Eleonore Stump and Stephen Chanderbahns translation of "On the Principles of Nature", Peter Kings translation of "On Being and Essence" and Thomas Williams translations of the treatises "On Happiness" and "On Human Acts" from the Summa theologiae. "Basic Works" will enable students to immerse themselves in Aquinass thought by offering his fundamental works without internal abridgements. It will also appeal to anyone in search of an up-to-date, one-volume collection containing Aquinas' essential philosophical contributions -- from the Five Ways to the immortality of the soul, and from the nature of happiness to virtue theory, and on to natural law.

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jeffrey Hause is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University.

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