Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) was first and foremost a Christian theologian. Yet he was also one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Drawing on classical authors, and incorporating ideas from Jewish and Arab sources, he came to offer a rounded and lasting account of the origin of the universe and of the things to be found within it, especially human beings.
Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. His books include The Thought of Thomas Aquinas(1992), Aquinas(2002), and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion(3rd edn., 2004). He is the editor of Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives(2002). With G.R. Evans, he is co-editor of Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works(1998). With Brian Leftow, he is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Anselm(2004). He is also the editor of the Great Medieval Thinkers series published by Oxford University Press.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 The Setting of the Summa Theologiae Chapter 4 Prelude to the Five Ways Chapter 5 The Five Ways Chapter 6 Form and Existence Chapter 7 Aquinas on What God is Not Chapter 8 The Unity of Body and Soul Chapter 9 The Nature of the Intellect Chapter 10 The Immortality of the Soul Chapter 11 Aquinas' Account of Freedom: Intellect and Will Chapter 12 Habits and Virtues Chapter 13 Natural Law: Incommensurable Readings Chapter 14 Suggested Readings Chapter 15 About the Authors