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

By Jean-Pierre Torrell

In this concise new quantity by means of the acclaimed writer of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his services to undergo on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will flip to this ebook repeatedly for a short and renowned creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its old, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting value.

Torrell starts off with a professional account of Aquinas's lifestyles after which turns his consciousness to the final constructions 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 general practitioner and studying Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab assets.

The moment 1/2 the ebook surveys the background of the Summa's impression from Aquinas's loss of life in 1274 during the 20th century. Torrell lines the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its gradual begin, throughout the eventual emergence of Thomism, and eventually to its common popularity. 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 booklet is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. it is going to be of substantial curiosity to readers looking to comprehend and get pleasure from the content material, technique, and influence of the Summa and the fellow 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 by means of 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 advent to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written via the reigning professional at the lifestyles and paintings of St. Thomas. there is not any different publication like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] while positioned with admire to its antecedents and its posterity, the Summa appears to be like as a 'living' paintings, wealthy in its history and ready to maintain new and inventive appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a really important 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 important 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 significance, was once even this towering genius not able to complete it earlier than his demise, on the soft age of forty nine? Jean-Pierre Torrell accessibly and instructively solutions all of those questions, and extra.
The 'more' that he bargains 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 missed it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This booklet is ideal for these starting learn within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it is going to even be worthy as a short reference advisor and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reviews Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it includes a great volume of data in regards to the Summa. moreover it presents an incredible framework for realizing what one encounters within the Summa. even if this booklet fo

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When he is referred to as a master of biblical sciences, we tend to think of his commentaries on several books of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Lamentations, Job, the Psalms) and most of the New Testament (Matthew, John, and all of St. Paul). But it would be a mistake to see these as an isolated part of his work. In truth, his other works are equally full of biblical references, and the Summa is no exception. Statistics do not tell us everything, but they are useful. "We could easily produce here a series of convergent texts in support of this judgment.

But for certain elements that could have their origin in Plato, we should probably not completely Literary and Doctrinal Milieu Greeks ,Jews , and Arabs put aside the theory that they may have come by way ofAristotle himself, who remained more Platonic than commonly be- from Cicero the general structure of his teaching on the moral virtues, with the four cardinal virtues and the sixteen virtues lieved. We need not pursue these investigations any further. It is enough to have begun to show the rich diversity of the soil in connected to them, which constitutes the structure of a large part of the Summa.

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. It is easy to see that these arguments and also introduces the position that the master will take. Usually the sed contra is an "authority": Scripture or one of last two elements, while different from each other in the written the Fathers of the Church.

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