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The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas Lecture

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.

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

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    George Saltcoats, Ayrshire, United Kingdom 15/01/2011
    George Saltcoats, Ayrshire, United Kingdom 15/01/2011 Member Since 2009
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom 03/01/2014
    David Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom 03/01/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Still a great series."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 04/04/2016
    John 04/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Clear and in lightning"

    Has helped me 'get into' Philosophy and the work of Aquinas; something I had studies before I started my training to be a Catholic priest.

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  • criticaltom
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    04/04/10
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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.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Gregory
    Arlington, VA, USA
    28/01/10
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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.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Adan Caballero
    29/09/11
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Roman
    Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
    09/02/14
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    San Diego, CA, United States
    12/07/11
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ricardo
    Boardman, OR, United States
    07/06/11
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States
    12/03/13
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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
  • Nels
    06/05/16
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    "Superb"

    Fantastic introduction to Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds to have ever lived. I am not an academic or philosopher, though I didn't understand everything, this book was a perfect introduction for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pau
    08/03/16
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    "left me wanting more"

    Professor Peter Kreeft organized the the audiobook in a manner that is easy to follow. His voice makes it easy to listen to as well. He tried to explain St Thomas' arguments in a simplistic manner but giving an in depth analysis at the same time. Furthermore, you will need to have background knowledge on certain philosophers and thinkers to fully grasp its content. I may have to re-listen to this after reading upon certain philosophers that were mentioned. But that is the beauty of it. I get to quench my thirst for knowledge!

    The content consisted of a commentary, analysis, and explanation of St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiea, including topics on Theology, ethics, law, and logic and reason. As the title suggests, it revolves around Philosophy and Theology. I personally wanted to hear more about economic thought because of my course but it was worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine A Carty
    27/08/15
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    "Well done, very enlightening"
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas?

    Prof. Kreeft has done an excellent job or taking one through the philosophy of St. Aquinas while on the one hand, expecting the audience to not be philosophers or theologians, and at the same time, not being complete dolts. The pace and level of delivery was just about right for my level of understanding of philosophy (which isn't much).


    What does Peter Kreeft bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A broad range of philosophical thought and experience in teaching.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. I suspect I will be returning to this audio book over and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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