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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