The Christian Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas In this final edition of his classic study of St Thomas Aquinas Etienne Gilson presents the sweeping range and organic unity of Thomistic philosophical thought Gilson demonstrates that Aquinas drew f

  • Title: The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Author: Étienne Gilson
  • ISBN: 9780268008017
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this final edition of his classic study of St Thomas Aquinas, Etienne Gilson presents the sweeping range and organic unity of Thomistic philosophical thought Gilson demonstrates that Aquinas drew from a wide spectrum of sources in the development of his thought from Aristotle to the Arabic and Jewish philosophers of his time, as well as from Christian writers What reIn this final edition of his classic study of St Thomas Aquinas, Etienne Gilson presents the sweeping range and organic unity of Thomistic philosophical thought Gilson demonstrates that Aquinas drew from a wide spectrum of sources in the development of his thought from Aristotle to the Arabic and Jewish philosophers of his time, as well as from Christian writers What results is an insightful introduction to the thought of Aquinas and the philosophy of the Middle Ages.

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      tienne Henri Gilson was born into a Roman Catholic family in Paris on 13 June 1884 He was educated at a number of Roman Catholic schools in Paris before attending lyc e Henri IV in 1902, where he studied philosophy Two years later he enrolled at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1907 after having studied under many fine scholars, including Lucien L vy Bruhl, Henri Bergson and Emile Durkheim.Gilson taught in a number of high schools after his graduation and worked on a doctoral thesis on Descartes, which he successfully completed Sorbonne in 1913 On the strength of advice from his teacher, L vy Bruhl, he began to study medieval philosophy in great depth, coming to see Descartes as having strong connections with medieval philosophy, although often finding merit in the medieval works he saw as connected than in Descartes himself He was later to be highly esteemed for his work in medieval philosophy and has been described as something of a saviour to the field.From 1913 to 1914 Gilson taught at the University of Lille His academic career was postponed during the First World War while he took up military service During his time in the army he served as second lieutenant in a machine gun regiment and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery upon relief from his duties After the war, he returned to academic life at Lille and also Strasbourg, and in 1921 he took up an appointment at the Sorbonne teaching the history of medieval philosophy He remained at the Sorbonne for eleven years prior to becoming Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the College de France in 1932 During his Sorbonne years and throughout his continuing career Gilson had the opportunity to travel extensively to North America, where he became highly influential as a historian and medievalist, demonstrating a number of previously undetermined important differences among the period s greatest figures.Gilson s Gifford Lectures, delivered at Aberdeen in 1931 and 1932, titled The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy , were published in his native language L espirit de la philosophie medieval, 1932 before being translated into English in 1936 Gilson believed that a defining feature of medieval philosophy was that it operated within a framework endorsing a conviction to the existence of God, with a complete acceptance that Christian revelation enabled the refinement of meticulous reason In this regard he described medieval philosophy as particularly Christian philosophy.Gilson married in 1908 and the union produced three children, two daughters and one son Sadly, his wife died of leukaemia in late 1949 In 1951 he relinquished his chair at the College de France in order to attend to responsibilities he had at the Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, Canada, an institute he had been invited to establish in 1929 Gilson died 19 September 1978 at the age of ninety four.



    2 thoughts on “The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas

    1. Longer review coming later.A thorough handbook to Aquinas' thought, but not my favorite. Gilson has an excellent discussion on the 5 Ways and the Being of God. I was pleased to see his discussion of Thomas' view of predestination.This isn't the easiest book to read, even for those who are familiar with Aquinas. Still, it's an essential one.

    2. Gilson offers an insightful, relevant, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He does an excellent job of presenting it in a systematic form, a feat that Aquinas himself was, unfortunately, never able to accomplish, that allows the reader to understand, appreciate, and evaluate. Gilson also does an excellent job of relating the material to the reader, no matter how fine or difficult the points sometimes may be. Finally, Gilson demonstrates, against Aquinas's detractor [...]

    3. Surprising as it may seem, Aquinas is neither the most transparent nor the most gripping writer. Gilson helps.

    4. It certainly is a remarkable feat to develop such a theosophy -meant as a real mishmash between theology and philosophy, not the later occult movement(s) - in the 13th century. I am not a specialist in this subject, but I can well imagine that this work is a very good, albeit bone-dry, historical overview of it.But the almost 140 occurrences of the words "evident" or "obvious" in the main text illustrate the shaky ground of this theosophical model. This book is not only an explanation of Thomist [...]

    5. This is not an easy read, but it's an extremely helpful overview of Aquinas' philosophy. Aquinas wrote so copiously that it can be difficult, especially for moderns at such far remove from his worldview, to get a synoptic view of his entire philosophical edifice; but Gilson has painted a compelling and painstakingly sourced tableau which captures its full beauty and order. Once you get the lay of the land you can't help but want to explore the territory.

    6. One of the most complete, and well-written, explanations of the philosophical and theological system of Thomas Aquinas. This book is a must read for anybody who wishes to understand the Thomistic way of doing philosophy.

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