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by Jean-Pierre Torrell,Robert Royal

  • ISBN: 081320853X
  • Category: Catholicism
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: Jean-Pierre Torrell,Robert Royal
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr (August 1, 1996)
  • Pages: 1
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Jean-Pierre Torrell, Robert Royal

Jean-Pierre Torrell, Robert Royal. This is the introduction to Thomas: presenting allthe known facts of his life and work, tracing the themes of hiswriting out of his juvenilia, and following the influence of histhought in the years immediately after his death". Categories: Religion.

Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Torrell also makes the interesting point that Aquinas' productivity involved his assistants or students who worked intimately with Aquinas to put his drafts into proper form: "Every professor who has benefitted from the collaboration of a competent assistant will easily understand the procedure.

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The appendix consists of additions to the text, the catalog of Aquinas's work, and the chronology. Each item in the appendix is called out in the original part of the book with an asterisk in the margin.

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Thomas Aquinas (/əˈkwaɪnəs/; Italian: Tommaso d'Aquino, lit. 'Thomas of Aquino'; 1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he is also known within the latter as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy.

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This is a very academic text provides a comprehensive accounting of St. Thomas Aquinas's activities during his short life. The emphasis of the book is on nailing down the dates that Aquinas wrote his various works, with rather less emphasis on Aquinas's life, and even less emphasis on the social and cultural background of his life.

This is not to say that the reader of this book will not gain a valuable insight into Aquinas's life. Torrell offers some insights into Aquinas's family background and into Aquinas' early teaching years in Paris. I've just finished Shadia Drury's execrable book, Aquinas and Modernity: The Lost Promise of Natural Law (Modernity and Political Thought), and the information provided here about the Mendicant Controversy provides a useful mind cleanser for positive misinformation of that book. From Torrell, we learn something about the general strike of students and the desire of the masters of the University of Paris to protect their turf. Interestingly, I just finished Kressman Taylor's Day of No Return: (Until That Day) by Kressmann Taylor (2003-11-24) where the main character emphasizes the non-interference policy of the city police at the University of Berlin in the 1930s. (The section in the Taylor book involved the tradition of student dueling in German universities, with a description of a duel, which makes for another fascinating eye-witness account of an obscure bit of history.)

Torrell makes an offhand comment that Aquinas's Commentary on Job and Romans can "be ranked among the most fully finished and most profound" that Aquinas has left us. (p. 201.)

Torrell also makes the interesting point that Aquinas' productivity involved his assistants or students who worked intimately with Aquinas to put his drafts into proper form:

"Every professor who has benefitted from the collaboration of a competent assistant will easily understand the procedure. We would not be going too far, therefore, we believe, in portraying Thomas's collaborators as organized into a veritable workshop for literary production - according to the well-known example of the schools of painting, to say nothing of the "ghost-writers" well known in literary circles. There is hardly any other plausible way to explain Thomas's productivity." (p. 243.)

Torrell also provides good information on Aquinas's final days and on the 1277 condemnation of certain propositions of Aquinas by the Bishop of Paris, Stephen Tempier, and on the politics that led to the walk back of that condemnation.

I found it interesting that we have manuscripts in Aquinas' handwriting. These manuscripts allow us to form a deeper understanding of Aquinas' thought.

This book is a tough slog, probably not for the novice, and, yet, I found it interesting.
Vutaur Vutaur
This text summarizes all the best information out there on the "Dumb Ox". The work is definitely academic; be prepared for that, but Torrell goes deeper than the simple stories you may have known or heard about St. Thomas.
Akirg Akirg
Comprehensive and informative
Varshav Varshav
This book is recognized as one of the finest on Thomas Aquinas. It is written for scholars and academics, but accessible to the thoughtful reader. Originally written in French, it is translated here into English. Volume 1 reflects on Thomas' life and writings. Volume 2 on his spirituality. This book was recommended to me by a Dominican priest and scholar when I was doing graduate work at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. It is a necessary book for a person studying Thomas and Thomism. I used it as a reference work when writing a thesis at the DHS and found it essential.

The support material such as the chronology, catalogue of works, and even unauthentic works is extremely helpful for reference. The subject index and names index are also very helpful.

The Thomist says: "A magnificent achievement. . . . It will be an indispensable tool for every student of Thomas Aquinas." This is not an easy book to read, which one wouldn't expect, but a necessary and rewarding one.
Nikohn Nikohn
Torrell has provided the philosophical community with a most thoroughly detailed account of one of the greatest thinkers to ever walk this planet.
From the youth of Aquinas to his death, Torrell takes his reader on a historical journey through the life, events, thoughts, and works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Torrell uses the best resources available, and painstakingly documents all his sources. What is more, if certain things have been attributed to legend or mere 'story telling for the sake of story telling,' Torrell makes his reader aware of this fact. Thus, his research is honest, and quite detailed.
Every dispute between Aquinas and the Church or other clergy is included. Aquinas' years in Paris are detailed, the things he taught, the people he associated with, his travels, his writings, his habits (which have been documented), his writing methods, etc. all are detailed in this account. In fact, I do not think there is one stone left unturned that can actually be turned in the life of Aquinas, that Torrell has not touched.
Toward the end of this work, which it should be pointed out is written and organized in a nice chronological fashion, Torrell makes mention of those groups who after Aquinas' death formed cults in their following of Aquinas. Moreover, I enjoyed Torrell's account of Aquinas because it was real. What I mean by that is Torrell did not elevate Aquinas to an 'other than human' level and put him high on a pedestal. Rather, Torrell painted a picture of the real Aquinas, warts and all.
If you are wanting a detailed account of Aquinas and his whole life, works, events, etc. then this is the only text you may ever need (although there are others available which would be very helpful as well - i.e. James Weisheipl's account "Friar Thomas D'Aquino, which has been considered the standard biography). I highly recommend Torrell's work and wished I could have given it another star!