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"... this book suggests and models a new direction for the methodology of contemporary philosophical discourse." ―Janine Marie Idziak, Intnl Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 64 1/16/2008 (online)



"... This is a heady mixture of philosophy, theology, and aesthetics.... Highly recommended." ―Choice



"A remarkable teacher takes us on an exciting journey to recover Aquinas, following
the contours of a graduate course to engage contemporary philosophers who might
seem unlikely protagonists. Yet they become salient foils for unveiling the secret of
Aquinas’ metaphysical inquiry: a 'distinctive sort of intellectual activity closely allied
to the imagination and always including appropriate emotional response' (p. 161).
This daring venture both demands and displays a formidable familiarity with contemporary philosophy―from ethics to epistemology, metaphysics to theology, incorporating analytic with continental modes of reflection. With a judiciously critical eye
given deft and gracious expression, we are moved gracefully among worlds of discourse,
as we acquire the skills needed to compare them. Yet that is precisely what
good teachers can do." ―David Burrell, C.S.C., Uganda Martyrs University
Kampala, UGANDA, MODERN THEOLOGY, April 2009



"[This book] is an extremely broad-minded engagement―and this must surely be very welcome―with the basic contours of contemporary philosophy as practiced in the U.S. today." ―Graham McAleer, Loyola College in Maryland



"Hibbs... convincingly argues that the practice of seeking the good―both moral and intellectual―leads to and requires metaphysics, and not the reverse.... The book will help those who want
to (1) revisit Aquinas’s epistemology, metaphysics, and virtue ethic, especially in light of [Hibbs's] substantial previous work on these questions; (2) investigate [Hibbs's] broader theses about metaphysics; (3) generate a more convincing philosophical foundation and a more robust description of social accountability for virtue theory and narrative ethics; or (4) engage one or more of [Hibbs's] admirably diverse interlocutors (Plantinga, MacDonald, Murdoch, Joyce, Turner,
Marion, Zagzebski, Pieper, Gadamer, MacIntyre, Nietzsche, and others)." ―CRISTINA L. H. TRAINA, Northwestern University, Theological Studies, March 2009

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"[This book] is an extremely broad-minded engagement--and this must surely be very welcome--with the basic contours of contemporary philosophy as practiced in the U.S. today." --Graham McAleer, Loyola College in Maryland
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  • Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First edition (May 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253348811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253348814
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hoo-Zen!! on October 2, 2008
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Its been a while since I read this book but I remember its very good on signification and offers something compatible with Bernard Montagne's "Analogy of Being" and a slight alternative to McInerny's views where modus significandi directly modifies res significata and they must be taken together to determine the significance. Analogy seems to apply to both the mode of signifying (and the way this is modified among the grades of analogy) and the thing signified in a way not made explicit by McInerny and more compatible with Montagne's "grades of being" pointing to God with names applied analogously (via emminence) to the thing. It seems to me to be a way of understanding or partially comprehending how all the transcendentals (being, one true good) refer to One thing relying on continuity of intelligiblity of different analogues (grades)and unity of reference.
Also an analysis of literary practice underscores the difference between seeing and knowing - in the sense that seeing and a general understanding of a thing (e.g. that Pretty girl) don't in themselves bring love in its fullness especially if you are in Ireland undertaking an Odyssey.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on July 20, 2011
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The author of this book clearly has a superb grasp of philosophical history. But as this book's whole premise seems to make clear, that is not enough to save it from anachronism. It is an anachronism driven by personal religious conviction apparently, and in my book that makes it, to some extent, beyond criticism. Like many Catholics, who want to follow Papal guidance, the theological trend of the Catholic Church, which reached its apotheosis in Pope Leo's encyclical extolling Aquinas, has had a very powerful effect overall. For the strict Catholic believer it is one of sheer guidance. Since alone amongst world religions the Roman Catholic Church actually prescribes not just belief, but since Pope Leo, the necessity of accepting a mode of thought or philosophy, those outside that strict realm are surely justified in assessing the impetus for it as essentially authoritative. That is, not principally in impartial conceptual parsing of intellectual matters. This leads talented fellow like Hibbs here to conundrums. He early on admonishes us not to interpret Aquinas by current trends of thought, or we risk, in his assessment "comic anachronism". And yet, really quite funnily, the whole book seems devoted to the premise to doing just that, naturally in a some special way that he finds would navigate around such anachronism. Well, the whole idea seems forced and tendentious. And that a writer with such a close grasp of issues as Hibbs should not see that is proof of the dis-intellectual valence of a lot right-wing tending Catholic thought nowadays.

The evidence for this can be found in fact in a very interesting video from a recent Conference called "Stuck on Virtue" held at Berry University in Georgia.
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