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Commentary on Aristotle's de Anima

ISBN-10: 188335711X

ISBN-13: 9781883357115

Edition: 1994

Authors: Thomas Aquinas, Kenelm Foster, Silvester Humphries, Ralph McInerny

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Dumb Ox Books
Publication date: 11/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Ralph McInerny is the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 1955. He is founder and publisher of Catholic Dossier magazine and co-founder of Crisis magazine. His philosophical works include "Aquinas on Human Action," "The Question of Christian Ethics," and "Aquinas and Analogy." His novels include "Law and Ardor," "The Tears of Things," and "The Red Hat."