Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) (Paperback)
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Charting the life and thought of this hugely influential medieval thinker.
One of the most influential philosophers and theologians in the history of Western thought, St Thomas Aquinas established the foundations for much of modern philosophy of religion, and is infamous for his arguments for the existence of God. In this cogent and multifaceted introduction to the great Saint's work, Edward Feser argues that you cannot fully understand Aquinas' philosophy without his theology and vice-versa. Covering his thoughts on the soul, natural law, metaphysics, and the interaction of faith and reason, this will prove a indispensable resource for students, experts or the general reader.
About the Author
Edward Feser teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College, California. He is the author of On Nozick and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek.
"Rigorous and accessible philosophy at its best. Even seasoned Thomists will benefit."
— Ryan Anderson, author of First Things
"Superb... [Feser] gives the clearest, most helpful account of the famous Five Ways, the proofs St. Thomas gives for the existence of God, that I've read."
— R. R. Reno, Professor of Theology, Creighton University
"A breath of fresh air... Feser does yeoman's work in offering a clear and concise presentation of what can be very difficult to understand for the beginner."
— Francis J. Beckwith, author of Philosophia Christi
"Feser is perhaps the best Thomistic philosopher in the USA."
— Christopher Malloy, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Dallas
"A useful and easy to read introduction. Students and scholars will find [this] highly beneficial." - Fulvio di Blasi, President, Thomas International "Lucid, cogent, and compelling. Required reading for anyone interested in Thomas Aquinas." - Christopher Kaczor, Christopher Kaczor, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University "At last. A concise, accessible and compelling introduction to Aquinas's thought. Feser shows that Aquinas's philosophy is still a live option for thinkers today."
— Kelly James Clark, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College
"A useful and easy to read introduction. Students and scholars will find [this] highly beneficial."
— Fulvio di Blasi - President, Thomas International
"Lucid, cogent, and compelling. Required reading for anyone interested in Thomas Aquinas."
— Christopher Kaczor - Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University