By Thomas Aquinas, R. W. Dyson
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a very influential determine within the heritage of Western concept and the Catholic church. during this significant addition to the Cambridge Texts within the background of Political notion sequence, Robert Dyson has translated texts via Aquinas that replicate the full diversity of his considering, and obviously express his improvement of a Christian model of the philosophy of Aristotle. His translations are supported through short biographies, notes for extra interpreting and a concise serious creation.
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Politics : (a). De civitate Dei :. De civitate Dei :. De regimine principum (b) The treatise ‘De regimine principum’ or ‘De regno’ Preface The author sets forth his intention in writing to the king of Cyprus As I considered with myself what I should undertake that would be worthy of royal majesty and in keeping with my calling and ofﬁce, it occurred to me that what I might offer a king above all would be a book written on the subject of kingship, in which I should, to the best of my powers, diligently draw out both the origin of a kingdom and what pertains to the king’s ofﬁce, according to the authority of Divine scripture, the teachings of the philosophers, and the examples given by those who praise princes, relying for the beginning, progression and completion of the work upon the aid of Him Who is King of kings and Lord of lords, by Whom kings reign: the Lord, ‘a great God, and a great King above all gods’ (Psalm :).
E. his licence to teach: his ‘Master’s Degree’. Scripta super libros sententiarum completed. Teaching at Paris, Naples, Orvieto, Viterbo and Rome. Summa contra gentiles completed. Summa theologiae begun. De regimine principum possibly abandoned on the death of its dedicatee; ﬁnished some years later by Tolommeo of Lucca. Teaching at Paris; Commentaries on Aristotle. Teaching at the Dominican Studium at Naples. Sudden illness, December ; Summa theologiae discontinued. Died March, Fessa Nuova.
General studies of St Thomas For a general, though highly tendentious, account of St Thomas’s philosophy, see E. Gilson, The Christian Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas (New York and London, ); see also F. C. Coplestone, Aquinas (Harmondsworth, ); A. Kenny, Aquinas (Oxford, ); J. , ); M. , ); B. Davies, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford, ). Moral philosophy On St Thomas’s moral philosophy generally see R. M. , ); G. Stevens, ‘Moral Obligation in St Thomas’, The Modern Schoolman (–), pp.
Aquinas: Political Writings by Thomas Aquinas, R. W. Dyson