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A Summa of the Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica #2020

A Summa of the Summa The Essential Philosophical Passages of St Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica Saint Thomas Aquinas is universally recognized as one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived His writings combine the two fundamental ideals of philosophical writing clarity and profundity He is

  • Title: A Summa of the Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
  • Author: Thomas Aquinas Peter Kreeft
  • ISBN: 9780898703009
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Summa of the Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica By Thomas Aquinas Peter Kreeft, Saint Thomas Aquinas is universally recognized as one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived His writings combine the two fundamental ideals of philosophical writing clarity and profundity He is a master of metaphysics and technical terminology, yet so full of both theoretical and practical wisdom He is the master of common sense His major work, the Summa TheologSaint Thomas Aquinas is universally recognized as one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived His writings combine the two fundamental ideals of philosophical writing clarity and profundity He is a master of metaphysics and technical terminology, yet so full of both theoretical and practical wisdom He is the master of common sense His major work, the Summa Theologica, is timeless, but particularly important today because of his synthesis of faith and reason, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco Roman heritages This unique book combines selected essential philosophical passages from Thomas Summa with footnotes and explanations by Kreeft, a popular Thomist teacher and writer Kreeft selected those passages from Thomas that are intrinsically important, non technical enough to be intelligible to modern readers, and most likely to be used in a class or by independent readers who want to study the Summa on their own Kreeft s detailed footnotes explain difficult or technical passages and call attention to points of particular significance for the modern reader This book is the most intelligent, clear, and useful access to Saint Thomas in print Includes a glossary and an index.

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    1. QUESTION 1 Of the Summa TheologicaARTICLE 1 Whether One Should Read the Summa Theologica Objection 1 The Summa Theologica was written over 700 years ago 1265 1274 Thus, whatever philosophy is contained in this book is long outdated Further, the state of scientific knowledge was much less advanced at that time then now, so it is impossible that there can be found any insight into the nature of things Therefore, avoid this book.Objection 2 St Thomas Aquinas was a Christian philosopher and theologi [...]

    2. Kreeft did an okay job, given his aims Usually when people give an abridgment or a summary of a major thinker, they cut out all of the necessary passages and or highlight the abridger s pet doctrines Kreeft does a good job in avoiding that though he is not entirely flawless as I will try to demonstrate.Kreeft s method is to devote 75% of the page to essential passages from St Thomas Kreeft s footnotes provide a running commentary.Pros Kreeft does a good and brief summary of medieval thought and [...]

    3. Finally made it through this book I have owned for probably 20 years Thomas is difficult for us moderns to understand I read several books about Thomism that explained the terms and definitions which made it possible to get through this book The best one being Aquinas a Beginners Guide by Edward Feser Still, it is satisfying to read Thomas s own words and understand them with the help of Kreeft s excellent footnotes.

    4. This is a very important book I found it extremely challenging to read The Summa was written over 700 years ago, in Latin, so the English form reprinted here in Kreeft s book is a word for word translation of a bygone philosophical style of writing The Summa is also written in a precise formula, broken down into Books, Questions, Articles, Objections, A Contrarian summary, A detailed answer, and refutations to each objection There is no deviation from this format, but the philosophy constantly p [...]

    5. An arduous read This book is a summery of Aquinas s Trilogy of Theology and is certainly not a light read It s a suitable attempt to bring the academic work of Aquinas down to the laymen It s full of questions that Aquinas attempts to answer Some questions I found interesting like Whether the Will of God is changeable or Whether God wills evils and not so interesting questions like Whether the soul is composed of matter and form or Whether the Will is a higher power than the intellect Now these [...]

    6. I read a portion of this book as a reference for a philosophy project, and I ended up reading the rest of the book too A deeply insightful guide into St Thomas Aquinas masterpiece.

    7. This book and John Calvin almost made me drop out of college, and I don t mean in the sense that I would go and join a seminary or something It reads like an incredibly intelligent person had a severe mental collapse and spent his entire life trying to find ways to prove that the bible is right It seriously reads like someone took the bible and then, with no evidence, decided this is right, and then that person did everything they could to create connections and justify the language in the bible [...]

    8. A summary of a summary sounds lazy, but it s still over 500 pages hardly a condensed book.Other than priests in training, almost nobody will read St Thomas original Summa Theologica at 3,500 pages The reading isn t hard it was intended for a mass audience in the 1200s , just voluminous Peter Kreeft didn t attempt to actually summarize all of the original, but to excerpt and footnote the highlights.Each excerpt is the full discussion of one of St Thomas questions about Catholic theology, such eth [...]

    9. Was forced to read this for an intro to Philosophy class, best homework I ever did The passage is short, but if it resonates with you, it will, like it did with me completely change your views on religion and the idea of God Even though it is nothing anyone would go out of their way to read unless they were on a Philosophy assignment or trying to sound smart, this along with Confucius s Analects are the pieces I recommend all to read To this day reading this remains in my list of top 10 college [...]

    10. Book 71 2012 Reading Challenge Peter Kreft teaches a course on Aquinas, and has written a variety of books on religion Summa means summary, and this book is a summary of Aquinas summary Aquinas work is 3000 pages long this book a bit over 500 A large part of the book deals with the nature of God Excellent footnotes Interesting the book like Sheer Joy is presented in question answer format Both Aquinas position and the opponents positions are presented Skimmed.

    11. Kreeft is an excellent guide to Saint Thomas In order to read Thomas his aristotelianism and the changes he introduced into it must be understood Many of the caricatures of the 5 ways for God s existence stem from a complete misreading of the metaphysical system of Thomism Kreeft remedies many of these misunderstandings.

    12. Peter Kreetf s footnotes are we worth the cost of the book He writes in the books introduction that part of the process of reading Aquinas is being a little confused at first and working though it The only issue with this book is that it really only represents one part first part of the second part of the Thomist text.

    13. The structure is refreshing and kind to the reader, which is needed since the subject matter is essentially difficult While I admire Aquinas thoroughness, I did not appreciate his apathetic response to the human experience.

    14. Kreeft s selections and notes are very helpful, and this is an accessible way to get at Thomas s work I did lament the lack of explicitly theological material, but Kreeft s a philosopher, so it s to be expected.

    15. The first bit is difficult, but once you realize how Thomas goes about his business, the whole thing becomes astonishingly clear.

    16. I always enjoy reading the words of the great Church Fathers like Aquinas and this book gives a nice summary of some of the major points from his writings Readable and accessible.

    17. Very technical and one of the few offerings of kreeft I didn t enjoy, although it would make an excellent reference book

    18. If you happen to read the Muslim philosopher Ibn Sina, Al Farabi, Al Ghazali, and Ibn Rushd , you will understand a lot of the concepts that he talked about because he is so influenced by them.

    19. Great intro to Aquinas great summa Kreeft s comments are often helpful, and one quickly discerns that he has little patience for modern philosophy until the present day.

    20. Per Rob s suggestion Talking about this book made my mind feel exercised I loved it Hopefully I will love the book.

    21. Great overview of Aquinas Summa Theologicae Great for those into Christian theology and philosophy.

    22. I read this and a large part of McDermott s translation when being mentored by a former Thomist Kreeft makes Aquinas accessible, but I still don t care for him.

    23. I find St Thomas s language quite dense at times but the sheer common sense of so much of what he writes is palpable.

    24. I can tell that it is going to take a LONG time to get through this booK But I also think it will be well worth the effort I m growing very fond of St Thomas.

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