Few philosophers or theologians exerted as much influence on the shape of medieval thought as Thomas Aquinas. He ranks amongst the most famous of the Western philosophers and was responsible for almost single-handedly bringing the philosophy of Aristotle into harmony with Christianity. He was also one of the first philosophers to argue that philosophy and theology could support each other. The shape of metaphysics, theology, and Aristotelian thought today still bears the imprint of Aquinas' work.
In this extensive and deeply researched study, Eleonore Stump examines Aquinas' major works, Summa Theologiae and Summa Contra Gentiles, and clearly assesses the vast range of Aquinas' thought. Philosophers, theologians, and students of the medieval period alike will find this unrivalled study an indispensable resource in researching and teaching Aquinas.
Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle, S.J. Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. Her previous books include Boethius’s De topicis differentiis (1978; reprinted 1989); Boethius’s In Ciceronis Topica (1988); Dialectic and Its Place in the Development of Medieval Logic (1980); The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas (ed. with Norman Kretzmann) (1993); Aquinas’s Moral Theory: Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann (ed. with Scott MacDonald) (1999); and The Cambridge Companion to Augustine (ed. With Norman Kretzmann) (2001).
'This book is an astounding achievement. It will not be superseded for decades. It will surely remain on the bibliography for as long as Thomas Aquinas is regarded as a major thinker; for as long as there is Western philosophy.' - Fergus Kerr, Ars Disputandi
‘This is by far the best book we have on Aquinas’s philosophy as a whole, and it will undoubtedly become a standard point of reference for anyone interested in his work’- Robert Pasnau, Mind