Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xi

This book owes its origin to the polite persistence of Fred Appel of Princeton University Press, who kept asking me to think of contributing something to a new series, Lives of Great Religious Books...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-6

Every civilization has classic expressions. There are some cultural artifacts that come to sum up a period and a style while also becoming part of the common...

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1: The World That Made Thomas Aquinas

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pp. 7-18

The intimate relation between culture and religion in the Middle Ages is helpful for understanding Thomas Aquinas. As Bernard Lonergan once put...

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2: Creating the Summa theologiae

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pp. 19-73

We know a fair amount about the life of Thomas, and several good biographies have appeared over the past half century.1 While we have considerable...

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3: A Tour of the Summa theologiae

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pp. 74-116

The basic structure of the three parts of the Summa theologiae has been laid out in chapter 2. The present chapter is, in essence, a guided tour of its contents. No survey of the Summa can pretend to convey the...

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4: The Tides of Thomism, 1275–1850

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pp. 117-162

The influence of the thought of Thomas Aquinas in the more than seven centuries since his death is not just a question of the reception of the Summa theologiae, although reading and...

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5: The Rise and Fall of Neothomism

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pp. 163-209

Neothomism is the name given to the papally supported form of Thomism that developed in the second half of the nineteenth century The movement...

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EPILOGUE

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pp. 210-214

It would take a long chapter to try to do justice to the varieties of Thomism and the forms of reception of the Summa theologiae that have proliferated...

ABBREVIATIONS FOR THOMAS’S WORKS

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p. 215

NOTES

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pp. 217-244

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 245-248

INDEXES

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pp. 249-260