Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae : a guide and commentary /

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Author / Creator:Davies, Brian, 1951- author.
Imprint:New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Description:1 online resource (xv, 454 pages)
Subject:Thomas, -- Aquinas, Saint, -- 1225?-1274. -- Summa theologica.
Catholic Church -- Doctrines.
Catholic Church.
Summa theologica (Thomas, Aquinas, Saint)
Philosophy, Medieval.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Systematic.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Theology, Doctrinal.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic resource.
Summary:Following a scholarly account of Thomas Aquinas's life, Davies explores his purposes in writing the Summa Theologiae and works systematically through each of its three Parts. He also relates their contents and Aquinas's teachings to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical. The concluding chapter considers the impact Aquinas's best-known work has exerted since its first appearance, and why it is still studied today. Intended for students and general readers interested in medieval philosophy and theology, Davies's study is a solid and reflective introduction both to the Summa Theologiae and to Aquinas in general. -- from back cover.
Other form:Print version: Davies, Brian, 1951- Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014 9780199380626
Standard no.:40023882095
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Davies (Fordham Univ.) has in recent years produced some splendid studies on Thomas Aquinas: Aquinas (2003) and Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil (CH, Jan'12, 49-2590). This commentary on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae is another scholarly triumph. The book begins with a short introduction, containing a biography of Aquinas followed by a brief, speculative account of Aquinas's purpose in writing the Summa. Davies then wastes no time in launching into his commentary proper-a systematic, article-by-article, question-by-question commentary on the entire Summa. Other fine commentaries on the Summa are available, including F. C. Bauerschmidt's Holy Teaching (2005) and P. J. Glenn's A Tour of the Summa (1960). All are excellent, and students of Aquinas will not want to be without any. However, if one were to have only one such study, Davies's commentary would be a wise and excellent choice. It is thorough, well organized, and supplemented with copious notes and pie charts that give a visual breakdown of the philosophical and theological subjects covered in the Summa. It will not replace other commentaries that have a narrower, more detailed focus; however, those looking for a comprehensive and accessible companion to Aquinas's Summa could do no better. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. --Francis A Grabowski, Rogers State University

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