- One Hundred Years of Thomism: Aeterni Patris and Afterwards, A Symposium ed. by Victor B. Brezik, and: Atti dell’ VIII Congresso Tomistico Internazionale, Vol. I: Enciclica Aeterni Patris nell’ arco di un secolo ed. by Antonio Piolante (review)
- The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review
- The Catholic University of America Press
- Volume 48, Number 3, July 1984
- pp. 473-475
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:aoo:K REVI:l!JWS 473 of substantial form in man in England earlier that year. In a second revision (pp. 92-105) Henry interfoliates two sheets of added material again bearing on the problem of the unity of substantial form in man. In the original text Henry defends his position of " dymorphism" against the objections of Godfrey of Fontaines's Quodlibet II, q. 7, dated Easter, 1286. The inserted material contains additional defenses of this position apparently in response to the renewed objections of Godfrey's Quodlibet III, q. 5, of Christmas 1286, the same period Henry held his tenth Quodlibet . Macken suggests that the later arguments of Godfrey did not come into Henry's hands until after he had made his final revisions, thus forcing · him to interfoliate his last minute replies. By preserving in the apparatus criticus the corrections of Quodlibet X in manuscript A Macken has given scholars a unique historieal document for the study of Henry and his period. In his editions of these two Quodlibets Macken has more than answered scholars' requests for critical texts of Henry. He has supplied them with invaluable introductions to the life and works of Henry, with a critical procedure for the edition of medieval university texts, and with important historical documentation of doctrinal currents in the late thirteenth century. We eagerly await the imminent publication of Quodlibets II and IX. The Catholic University of America Washington, D.O. STEPHEN D. DUMONT One Hundred Years of Thomism: Aeterni Patris and Afterwards, A Symposium. Edited by VICTOR B. BREZIK. Houst-0n: Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 1981. Pp. 210. Atti dell' VIII Congresso Tomistico Internazionale, Vol. I: Enciclica Aeterni Patris nell' arco di un secolo. Edited by ANTONIO PIOLANTE. Vatican City: Pontificia Accademia di S. Tommaso, 1981. Pp. 511. The first of these publications is of an after-dinner-speech tone quite in keeping with its subtitle as a Symposium. Among the speeches, however , two are substantive. The historical entry of Leonard Boyle on Leo XIII's encyclical presents the Catholic intellectual environment of the restoration of Thomism as an alien, even hostile setting. The essay also raises the question of what degree of intrinsic understanding of St. Thomas's thought even the champions of the restoration possessed and of what Leo XIII himself understood by " Christian philosophy accord- 474 BOOK REVIEWS ing to the mind of St. Thomas Aquinas." (Boyle points out that this title did not belong to Aeterni Patris.) Adjoined to Boyle's essay are the reflections of the respondent, James Weisheipl, on the unpreparedness and bewilderment of American seminary faculties once .Aeterni Patris was issued. One other entry in the collection deserves special mention because of the serious challenge it lays down. Robert Henle sums up his frankly negative critique of " Transcendental Thomism" in these words: " one must choose between the Transcendental Method and the experiential realistic method of St. Thomas. One cannot have both. Transcendental Thomism is a contradiction in terms and in substance" (p. 100). The Atti of the International Thomistic Congress is only the first of the eight projected to cover the Pontificial Academy's commemoration of Aeterni Patris. The collection is obviously far grander than the symposium from Houston. This reviewer regards as most useful the essays of Paolo Dezza on the historical preparation for Aeterni Patris, partieularly the part played by the Society of Jesus, and three essays on textual questions. The first by Robert Busa, editor of the Index Thomisticus , is on " Thomistic Lexicology and Lexicography"; the second is by Louis J. Bataillon on the evolution of method by the Leonine Commission for achieving the authentic text of St. Thomas's works; the third is by Pierre-Marie Gy on the office for Corpus Christi. But much of the rest of the volume is ponderous, apologetic, or panegyrical. There is a noticeable effort to establish that Rome's official sanctioning of St. Thomas was based on an intrinsic appreciation, not on political, ultramontane motives . One may suppose that the defense of such an appreciation lies behind the vain exercise in one essay of demonstrating a parallel between Paul Vl's letter Lumen Ecclesiae and .Aeterni Patris. There...