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By Romanus Cessario

ISBN-10: 081321386X

ISBN-13: 9780813213866

Because the first fans of Saint Thomas Aquinas took up the duty of explaining and protecting his writings, Thomists have stimulated deeply the Western highbrow culture. jointly they shape a college referred to as Thomism that may declare an uninterrupted heritage because the finish of the 13th century. utilizing rigorously chosen assets, Romanus Cessario has composed a quick account of the heritage of the Thomist culture because it manifests itself in the course of the greater than seven-hundred years that experience elapsed because the dying of Saint Thomas. a quick background of Thomism, initially released in French as Le Thomisme et les Thomistes, provides a necessity that has now not been met in over a century, and is the 1st such accomplished account written in English. the writer, who has labored within the box for greater than thirty-five years, brings to his examine an appreciation for where that Saint Thomas Aquinas holds as a perennial instructor of Christian theology, and for the impression that the typical general practitioner has exercised on all stripes of theology and philosophy. The ebook indicates appropriate standards for together with and except for authors from of Thomists, and proceeds to spot the vital sessions within which Thomism fared either good and no more good. entice broader historic contexts is helping the reader find Thomism in the circulate of highbrow background because it unfolds within the West. consultant figures within the historical past of Thomism are named and their literary compositions defined in an effort to exhibit the diversity of how that those authors have carried at the culture. To permit the reader to profit the positions which are often pointed out with the Thomist university, the booklet contains an exposition of its significant theological and philosophical issues.

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Only the Jesuits form another significant group of religious priests who may be numbered among the self-described Thomists. In the nineteenth century, Thomist ranks were swelled by non-religious even before the  publication of Aeterni Patris. Kennedy makes no effort to list those who practiced Thomism during the twentieth century, when prior to  the fruits of the revival launched by Pope Leo XIII were especially felt in Europe and the Americas. The broad criteria that Kennedy employs in his catalogue of Thomists affords the interested party a sweeping view of the Thomist tradition.

Acta Apostolicae Sedis LXVI [], –. . CIC  § : “Lectiones habeantur theologiae dogmaticae, verbo Dei scripto una cum sacra Traditione semper innixae, quarum ope alumni mysteria salutis, s. 36  .                                    It has been customary to recognize three major periods in the history of Thomism: early, or first Thomism, second Thomism, and third, or Neo-Thomism. However, those who have attempted to sketch a history of Thomism are not in full agreement about the proper way to divide these periods chronologically.

In addition, Ols places within this period the Thomists, mostly Dominicans, who worked at and during the Council of Trent (–), especially the students of Vitoria, Dominic Soto (–) and Melchior Cano (–). According to Ols and Walz, the third period should be designated as post-Tridentine Thomism, since it runs from the . Daniel Ols, “Tommaso d’Aquino,” in Enciclopedia di Religione, vol.  (Florence: Vallecchi editore, ), cols. –. . Trans. : Newman Press, ), and the improved French edition with Paul Novarino, Saint Thomas d’Aquin (Louvain/Paris: Publications universitaires, ).

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