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The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas | [Peter Kreeft]

The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.
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An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.

A landmark of philosophical achievement, Aquinas's Summa Theologica has given theologians and philosophers much to discuss since the 13th century. Peter Kreeft explains why.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Peter Kreeft (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    criticaltom 04-04-10
    criticaltom 04-04-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Just what an introduction to Aquinas should be."

    Simply put, an introduction to any philosopher should give the reader/listener a good foundation for further exploration. Kreeft does this admirably. After listening I felt like I had a great foundation for reading Thomas, and because of Kreeft's presentation, I wanted to do so.

    I also appreciate the fact that Kreeft does not hide his loyalties behind a veneer of academic objectivity. Who else to present Thomism than a Catholic professor of philosophy? Who else to explain Thomas than someone who shares the same convictions?

    Best of all, Kreeft's presentation leaves us with some very thought provoking comparisons of Scholasticism/Thomism with modern (e.g., Descartes) and post-modern (a la Foucault) philosophy.

    In a word: masterful.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Arlington, VA, USA 01-28-10
    Gregory Arlington, VA, USA 01-28-10
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    "It's quite comprehensible, just not idiot proof..."

    This lecturer is a master of condensing and explaining philosophical concepts. He describes things in a general way where appropriate. However, with a good deal of Aquinas' thought there is no substitute for proceeding through the argument step by step. I felt the lecturer did a great job of this. If you find it incomprehensible I would suggest a second (or third) listen. Good philosophy rewards patience.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Adan Monterrey, Mexico 09-29-11
    Adan Monterrey, Mexico 09-29-11
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    "Great Synthesis"

    This book is very helpful in understanding the philosophy of this great character. It's simple to follow, very descriptive and a very enjoyable listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roman 02-09-14
    Roman 02-09-14
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    "An Extremely Valuable Contribution"
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    St. Thomas Aquinas, is without any doubt, the most brilliant human being who has ever lived. He completely systemized theology (as well as philosophy). He built upon and corrected such giants as St. Augustine, the great pagan philosopher Plato, and completed what was left to us by the greatest of all pagan philosophers, Aristotle.
    St. Thomas Aquinas' most important body of work, the Summa Theologiae, while intimidating to modern readers, is brought to life and made readily understandable by Peter Kreeft. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with this with this book!


    Any additional comments?

    My only additional comment is to encourage any reader/listener with an interest in theology, philosophy/epistemology to read or listen to this book. No prior education or training in philosophy is required to understand and appreciate it.

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    Tom San Diego, CA, United States 07-12-11
    Tom San Diego, CA, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a fabulous overview of Thomism! It's going to take me a few times through, but this series of lectures presents the brilliant work of St. Thomas Aquinas in a very understandable way.

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    Ricardo Boardman, OR, United States 06-07-11
    Ricardo Boardman, OR, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "great summation"

    It's a pretty good summary of the summa theologica I really enjoyed it made me want to read the rest of it though it isn't available on audiobook right now if anyone is interested look for it in libravox. Also the narrator was pretty good.

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    Tom LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States 03-12-13
    Tom LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Summary of Aquinas"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    One of my favorite Audible books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aquinas. He is smart and relevant today.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Very engaging and kept your interest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 01-11-10
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Incomprehensible"

    I listened to Peter Kraft's other lecture, faith and reason, and so I was hoping this attempt to condense Thomasm into manageable length would be as pleasing, I, however, was dissappointed, not only was the lecture slightly monotonous, the content was far from clear. I hope after repeatedly listening, I'd understand better.

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    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 10-04-10
    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 10-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The virtures of Thomas Aquinas Expounded upon."

    Aquinas has always been a favorite of mine. And Kreeft puts forth lots of examples of Aquinas knack for getting at, what in his opinion was, truth about the cosmos and our place in it. Kreeft very much as a Christian point of view so the listener needs to keep that overt bias in mind. If you are looking for an objective treatment of Aquinas this is NOT your book. Aquinas needs to be placed in the context of a continuum of human thought and quest for truth. I can cut through the professors bias and still get at the fascinating intellect that made Aquinas one of the great minds of any age.

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    "Great food for thought"

    This is an excellent series of introductory lessons on the philosophy that most shaped Western Europe. The professor has a deep knowledge of his subject that he effortlessly expresses in a non dense verbal style. Personally I would have liked a little more attention on the sources of Thomas Aquinas' philosophy particularly the tension between Aristotle and Plato, with a deeper reference to his debt to the arabic commentators on aristotle, however, the series of well thought out lectures are very listenable to and approachable by all.

    Thoroughly reccommended.

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    "Still a great series."

    Some fascinating biography and anecdotes, even if you're familiar with his philosophy. Worth a listen.

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