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.
©2009 Peter Kreeft (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
Some fascinating biography and anecdotes, even if you're familiar with his philosophy. Worth a listen.
"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.
"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.
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.
"An Extremely Valuable Contribution"
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Seekers will find peace here!"
tremendous overview of all types of philosophy and integration of the more pertinent points. This professor is superior.
"Excellent Summary of Aquinas"
One of my favorite Audible books.
Aquinas. He is smart and relevant today.
Very engaging and kept your interest.
"Great introduction to Saint Thomas's philosophy"
This has been my first book on Saint Thomas's philosophy and I have enjoyed it a lot.
Probably the best of several courses I've listened to from Audible. Peter Kreeft is forthrightly Catholic but he does a very fair job of presenting the subject matter in a neutral way (and it's hard to imagine a non-Catholic professor presenting Aquinas with any depth or enthusiasm!). Listen to it regardless of your beliefs -- you will get a great overview of philosophical principles as well as Thomistic philosophy.
My one, very minor, complaint is that sometimes the examples given are a little quirky (actually many are quirky but it usually works -- sometimes the quirkiness is a little distracting. But a tiny critique of what is an excellent course.
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