Aquinas's Summa: Background, Structure, and Reception by Jean-Pierre Torrell

By Jean-Pierre Torrell

In this concise new quantity by way of the acclaimed writer of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his services to endure on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will flip to this ebook time and again for a quick and well known creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its historic, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting value.

Torrell starts off with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's lifestyles after which turns his cognizance to the general buildings and particular content material of the Summa. He considers the literary and doctrinal context of the Summa, situating the paintings in the total literary corpus of the Angelic physician and reading Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab resources.

The moment 1/2 the e-book surveys the heritage of the Summa's impact from Aquinas's loss of life in 1274 in the course of the 20th century. Torrell lines the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its sluggish begin, during the eventual emergence of Thomism, and eventually to its common reputation. The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the final word triumph of Aquinas's paintings with the encyclical Aeternis patris and, within the wake of Vatican II there was renewed curiosity in its content material and process.

This publication is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. will probably be of substantial curiosity to readers trying to comprehend and get pleasure from the content material, process, and effect of the Summa and the guy who wrote it.


Jean-Pierre Torrell is a Dominican priest of the Toulouse province and professor of dogmatic theology on the collage of Fribourg. he's the writer of the hugely praised Saint Thomas Aquinas volumes released through CUA Press. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., professor of theology at Saint Anselm university, is writer of Christian Anthropology and Sexual Ethics.


"A tidy creation to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written via the reigning professional at the existence and paintings of St. Thomas. there isn't any different publication like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] whilst located with admire to its antecedents and its posterity, the Summa looks as a 'living' paintings, wealthy in its background and ready to maintain new and artistic appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a really invaluable creation not just to the constitution and content material of the Summa Theologiae, but additionally to the individual and paintings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. This little ebook is critical for its breadth, accessibility and readability. . . . [It is an] very important contribution to the corpus of secondary Thomistic literature." ― Christopher Cuddy, Lay Witness

"[S]tock questions are apt to floor in our minds, and greater than as soon as. Who? What? the place? whilst? And why? Who used to be grasp Thomas, and what paintings did he set for himself? the place used to be he while he wrote it? And why, regardless of its huge, immense value, was once even this towering genius not able to complete it earlier than his dying, on the delicate age of forty nine? Jean-Pierre Torrell accessibly and instructively solutions all of those questions, and extra.
The 'more' that he deals is a century-by-century account of the reception of Aquinas's Summa. Who learn it and profited, who misinterpret it and didn't; who neglected it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This publication is ideal for these starting research within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it is going to even be valuable as a brief reference consultant and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reviews Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it incorporates a large volume of knowledge in regards to the Summa. additionally it offers an enormous framework for realizing what one encounters within the Summa. even if this booklet fo

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If this participation comes about by means of a free creation and not by emanation, it nonetheless presupposes a divine exemplarism that is, in fact, at work in Master Thomas. Even though Dionysius's influence is less felt than that of Augustine's, it is still considerable. We can find 1,702 explicit citations in Thomas's work of which 562 are in the Summa. To be- would have to double that figure. We also know that more than half of these citations come from the Divine Names and this is why we find them especially in Thomas's doctrine of God.

Or it can be for a public meeting in which masters sacred doctrine is not a science" (Ia q. r a. 2). (2) There follow and students of other schools participate. (2) Then comes a series three or four reasons that give rise to a negative response. (3) of arguments in support of the thesis under discussion. (3) This is Then comes the argument "but on the contrary," the sed contra, followed by a series of counter-arguments. This pro et contra se- which serves as a kind of safety catch to the series of opposing ries of exchanges has as its aim to advance the search for a solution by means of a dialectical process.

In fact, this is what the Prologue at the begin- The Third Part Now we turn our attention to the fourth volume which contains the Third Part of the Summa. It is entirely consecrated to Christ and to his work of salvation. Many authors have expressed surprise that Thomas waited until the last part of his work to speak of Christ, as if he had forgotten him and now comes back to repair his mistake. This surprise-which is sometimes expressed as a reproach-proceeds from a misunderstanding that is easily clarified if we understand the circular pattern about which I have already spoken.

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