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Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature

Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature
A Philosophical Study of Summa Theologiae, 1a 75-89

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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001892

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  • This major new study of Thomas Aquinas, the most influential philosopher of the Middle Ages, offers a clear and accessible guide to the central project of Aquinas's philosophy--the understanding of human nature. Robert Pasnau sets the philosophy in the context of ancient and modern thought, and argues for groundbreaking proposals for understanding some of the most difficult areas of Aquinas's thought--the relationship of soul to body, the workings of sense and intellect, the will and the passions, and personal identity.

    • Aquinas is the most influential philosopher of the medieval period
    • Cambridge Companion to Aquinas is one of the best-selling companions
    • This is a complete introduction to Aquinas's views on human nature; of interest to scholars but also, because a commentary, to students
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    Awards

    • 2005 APA Book Prize for best philosophical book by a young scholar

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a welcome and rewarding book." Journal of Religion

    "I found the book at once helpful, stimulating and provocative. ...a book like this is among the best homages a philosopher can receive, and the best aids a student can hope for." Carlo Leget, University Medical Centre Nijmegen

    "The treatise on human nature in the Summa theologiae is one of the best known philosophical texts of St. Thomas Aquinas." Theology Digest

    "Exceptionally effective." The Philosophical Review

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    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001892
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.685kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Essential Features (QQ75-76)
    1. Body and soul
    2. The immateriality of soul
    3. The unity of body and soul
    4. When human life begins
    Excursus metaphysics: reality as actuality
    Part II. Capacities (QQ77-83)
    5. The soul and its capacities
    6. Sensation
    7. Desire and freedom
    8. Reason and temptation
    Part III. Functions: (QQ84-89)
    9. Mind and image
    10. Mind and reality
    11. Knowing the mind
    12. Life after death
    Epilogue: Why did God make me?

  • Author

    Robert Pasnau, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Awards

    • 2005 APA Book Prize for best philosophical book by a young scholar

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