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Guide to Thomas Aquinas Paperback – April 1, 1991
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There are a few points on which I think Pieper is wrong, most importantly on the question of Thomas's "Aristotelianism." In his justifiable attempt to show that Thomas is not an unqualified Aristotelian, Pieper goes too far the other direction and leaves the reader with the impression that Thomas was a defender of Plato. Especially troubling is Pieper's citation of passages from Thomas's Commentaries on Aristotle's De Anima and Metaphysics, which he, Pieper, claims defend Plato against Aristotle's criticisms: I cannot figure out how Pieper could construe the cited passages in such a way. Also, Pieper's criticism of the Inquistion, the Dominican order's role in it, and Thomas's defense of it seems surprisingly naive coming from an author steeped in the history of the Church. But these are relatively minor flaws in an otherwise worthy study of St. Thomas.
My rating of other books on St. Thomas: (1) Josef Pieper, The Silence of St. Thomas. ***** One of the very best books on St.Read more ›
Pieper interweaves examination of Aquinas's life, works, philosophy, and theology, making this short book a biography, explanation, and critical analysis at the same time. He carefully explores Aquinas's historical context, explaining the philosophical and theological temper of the time and how Aquinas was influenced by it--and eventually how he altered it forever. Pieper is extremely well-versed in the sources and it shows--he quotes liberally both from Aquinas's huge body of work and the works of other medieval philosophers--from contemporaries like Albertus Magnus or Siger of Brabant to philosophical forebears like Boethius and St. Augustine--not to mention modern scholars. Pieper writes skilfully, never letting his examination of, say, Aquinas's epistemology bog down, or his analysis overwhelm his emphasis on St. Thomas himself.
It's Pieper's portrait of Aquinas as a person that made this book especially valuable to me. Books on Aquinas tend to emphasize his intellectual output to the point of diminishing the human being behind it, so insights into Aquinas's character--his patience, intellectual voracity, dedication to God, and love and respect for ostensible enemies--were an outstanding feature.
Pieper's book is very good, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to those just beginning to study Aquinas. It's a bit difficult in places and, as a series of university-level lectures, assumes a certain about of knowledge of the medieval philosophical world on the part of the reader.Read more ›
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This Kindle edition could have used someone to go over the text before it was put on the market. Whether due to it being electronically scanned or not, there are sentences that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rick Lilla
Pieper writes with brilliance, it's hard to imagine a more informative or inspiring short treatment of Aquinas. Read morePublished 14 months ago by PJ
I have made other forays into Pieper's works and found them rather dry. This is much less so and seems a very good intro to St Thomas, although I am perhaps not deeply enough into... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dakota Papa
Pieper is one of the best in his thoughtful encounters with a top mind like Thomas Aquinas. Pieper's reverence to Aquinas is clear as is his the strictness of which he stays... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a book for amusement or entertainment. This is a book that could aid anyone interested in the writing, philosophy and theology of St.Thomas Aquinas.Published 23 months ago by constantine c kliora
Josef Pieper's book offers a balanced and comprehensive assessment of Thomas Aquinas' often inaccessible body of theological views that merged rationalism with religion. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Stefano Baratti
For an interested amateur like me, this book just hit the spot. Pieper illuminates the circumstances of Thomas' life - the well-off family with expectations that he would seek a... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Michael Cashman
We use this book in my Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas course in seminary formation. This book is clear and helpful.Published on December 27, 2012 by Daniel
Pieper's book gives a very clear account of the major themes of Aquinas' thought and, equally importantly, the intellectual techniques he used. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Peter Heap