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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent anthology of Thomistic thought, August 3, 2000
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This review is from: St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
This is a truly excellent selection of Thomistic writing, both by the Angelic Doctor and his critics and modern-day followers. It is not only comprehensive on the subject of Aquinas's politics and ethics but it is a good introduction to Thomism and natural law theory in general. Mortimer Adler's spanking of Bill Moyers on the subject of objective ethics is worth the price of the book just by itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thinner Aquinas, November 8, 2001
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This review is from: St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
This book is "The Thinner Aquinas," a targeted text specifically focusing on Aquinas's political and ethical writings.
Incluced are obvious selections from Summa Contra Gentiles and Summa Theologica (Five Ways of God's Existence and Essay on Law), but also included are excerpts from "De Regimine Principum."
There are hidden treasures in the back, excerpts from backgound sources and essays that influenced and were influenced by Thomisitic thought.
This book is geared towards a poltical scientist and poltical philosopher. For the theologian or the philosopher, however, I would reccomed Penguin Classics "Selected Writings."
PS--Nice picture on the cover!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Classroom Use, July 12, 2013
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This review is from: St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
This book would be a great text for an undergraduate class on ethical philosophy or medieval intellectual history, with a professor on hand to unpack the arguments and put them in context. The sections on natural law are especially interesting. However, the book would be of less value to an ordinary reader taking it up for study on his own. The editorial apparatus is just too thin (for example, there's no glossary) to explain many of the often-obscure concepts and arguments used by Aquinas. Many of the readings in the second half of the book update Aquinas and apply his ethical thinking to current issues, but that isn't a substitute for exegesis of the original text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History of Ideas--Old and Hard to Read, April 2, 2014
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This review is from: St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
The Book contains excerpts from St. Thomas Aquinas' writings, edited by Paul E. Sigmund, plus many interpretations at the end written by various luminaries, including Popes and modern thinkers. I have to admit I only read little bits of the interpretations.

St. Thomas Aquinas, who lived from 1225 to 1274, writes on a wide range of topics. The topics include how to know truth, true happiness and what is it, does God exist, the theological virtues, the cause of sin, the essence of the soul, much about politics, and more. The writings sometimes follow the pattern: question, answer, objections, and answers to objections. A few of Aquinas' ideas seem wrong today; thus, he has 'different' notions about politics, about usury and money, considers slavery "natural" and he says a woman is "an imperfect man." Aquinas admits to influence by the non-Christian Aristotle.

It's obvious Aquinas writes in an earlier age, but even so, I call it a five star book. Non- Christians might rate it less, but non-Christians will understand Christians better if they read it, and might even become Christian, so I presume to rate it at five stars for them as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical mind trip., March 15, 2014
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How do you rate a thinker of his caliber? In an era of ignorance he was a shining light, but served most of all to illuminate the surrounding darkness. He has an innocence you're unlikely to find anymore, along with certainty. Most of all, these thinkers who have remained in our consciousness were informed by love. I can't write a critique in the usual sense. It's like meeting a younger self, one that didn't have to be crushed into an unsympathetic mold. Someone who was not bled dry by life.
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St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions)
St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (Norton Critical Editions) by Thomas Aquinas (Paperback - November 17, 1987)
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