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Purpose and Happiness 1a2ae. 1-5

ISBN-10: 0521029244

ISBN-13: 9780521029247

Edition: 2006

Authors: Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Gilby

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The Summa Theologiae ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought. It provides the framework for Catholic studies in systematic theology and for a classical Christian philosophy, and is regularly consulted by scholars of all faiths and none, across a range of academic disciplines. This paperback reissue of the classic Latin/English edition first published by the English Dominicans in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, has been undertaken in response to regular requests from readers and librarians around the world for the entire series of 61 volumes to be made available again. The original text is unchanged, except for the correction of a small number of typographical errors.
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List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

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.

Editorial Notes
Introduction
Foreword
Purpose in Life
Does acting for an end apply to man?
Is it proper to rational beings?
Are human acts what they are by reason of their end?
Has human life an ultimate goal?
Can one individual have several ultimate ends?
Is everything a man wills on account of an ultimate end?
Is there one ultimate end for all human beings?
And for all other creatures as well?
Objective Beatitude
Does happiness lie in riches?
In honours?
In fame or glory?
In power?
In well-being of body?
In pleasures of sense?
In good qualities of soul?
In any created good?
What Happiness Is
Is happiness non-creaturely?
And if so, is it an activity?
Of our sensitive or only of our intellective part?
Of the understanding or of the will?
Of the theoretical or of the practical reason?
By dwelling on the theoretical sciences?
Or knowing bodiless substances, namely angels?
Is our happiness the vision of God's essence?
The Conditions of Happiness
Is pleasure required for happiness?
Is it more capital than vision?
Does happiness call for comprehension?
And rightness of will?
Does our body come into happiness?
Is some perfection of body required?
And external goods?
And the companionship of friends?
Gaining Happiness
Can a human being attain happiness?
Can one be happier than another?
Can anybody in this life find bliss?
Once gained can happiness be lost?
Can man come to happiness from his native resources?
Or because acted on by some higher creature?
Are good works required in order to gain happiness from God?
Does every human being desire happiness?
Acting for a Purpose
Acting for Happiness
Acting for Pleasure
Mind and Heart in Happiness
The Vision of God
Glossary
Index