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Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes by Paul…

Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern

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Another quick, witty, summary of a philosopher's life and work in this "90 minute series". ( )
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In yet another of his popular books explaining the ideas of the great philosophers in accessible language, Paul Strathern takes on "a shadowy figure amongst the incense clouds of theology," who also happens to be "the finest philosophical mind in Europe for a thousand years (since St. Augustine)," St. Thomas Aquinas. Strathern applies his trademark humor to the Summa Theologica ("Christianity's answer to the Talmud") and the Summa Contra Gentiles, whose "imaginary reader is generally reckoned to be an intellectual Arab. After being subjected to hundreds of pages demonstrating the incontrovertible truth of the Christian religion, it is assumed that he has no alternative but to forswear Islam and embrace Christianity. How many intellectual Arabs subjected themselves to this grueling experience and reached the same conclusion is unknown." Underneath the gags, however, you'll gain a reasonable summation of Aquinas's impact on the scholasticism of his era and the validity of his continued, if somewhat diminished, relevance to present-day philosophy.

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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Aquinas in just one hour. Thomas Aquinas remains the unacknowledged maestro of Scholasticism - the static, cumulative philosophy of the medieval period. More a method of learning than pure theology, Aquinas' Scholasticism saw the careful synthesis of Christian doctrine with Greek rationalism - an amalgamation that came to define Catholic philosophy. Aquinas' influence stretches far across the western world; much modern philosophy has been conceived as either a reaction against, or in accordance with, his original ideas. This audiobook showcases an account of Thomas Aquinas's life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Thomas Aquinas's work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Aquinas in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.… (more)

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