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The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas Paperback – November 14, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0674006768 ISBN-10: 0674006763

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (November 14, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674006763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674006768
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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St. Thomas Aquinas is best known as one of the foremost theologians of the Catholic Church. Until recently, however, little attention was paid to his aesthetics, despite its connections with his theology and ethics. In this translation of a revised edition of a work first published in 1956, Italian semiotician Eco examines Aquinas's aesthetics in light not only of his other writings but of other medieval theories of beauty. Eco shows how Aquinas's three conditions of beautyintegrity, proportion, and clarityappear in his reflections on such subjects as music, the Scriptures, and God. Though intended for, and best read by, scholars familiar with medieval philosophy and aesthetics, this intriguing work will also interest those who love the beauty of the spiritual. Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ., Lennoxville, Quebec
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "fbruno777" on November 23, 2000
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Many of us have heard of the masterpiece written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, the Summa Theologiae. However, this very little known work by the Semiotician, Umberto Eco, writter of the novel In the Name of the Rose, presents in an easy to understand, and with great depth, the aesthetics and views of St. Thomas with respect to the beautiful, art, and music. Eco, allows the reader to understand with more clarity, the thought of Scholastic philosophical and aesthetic thought with reference to Thomas, Augustine, Boetheius, Plato, Aristotle and many other great thinkers found throughout the course of history. Furthermore, Eco interprets the Summa Theologiae to understand such concepts as: visio, musical theory, artist, and many others.
In simple to use language, Eco renews the inspiration and awe that was seen long ago in interpretation of the aesthetic. Thus, philosophy does not have to be something complicated, rather a basis for everything else we do. Therefore, when we see a painting, listen to a piece of music, read a poem, etc, we interpret the beauty that derives from that particular work and Eco, in this book shows us how we can do it by understanding the thought of one of the foremost thinkers of all time, St. Thomas Aquinas.
This book is a must have for philsophers, musicians, artists, and anyone who may be interested in interpreting art work, poetry, music, and the Beautiful with greater profundity.
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