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Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Aquinas in just one hour.

Thomas Aquinas remains the unacknowledged maestro of Scholasticism - the static, cumulative philosophy of the medieval period. More a method of learning than pure theology, Aquinas' Scholasticism saw the careful synthesis of Christian doctrine with Greek rationalism - an amalgamation that came to define Catholic philosophy.

Aquinas' influence stretches far across the western world; much modern philosophy has been conceived as either a reaction against, or in accordance with, his original ideas.

This audiobook showcases an account of Thomas Aquinas’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Thomas Aquinas' work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Aquinas in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2012 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Limited

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Not a lot of philosophy

What would have made Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour better?

If there was more actual philosophy of Thomas Aquinas instead of the history around him and the author's opinion about everything.

Has Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour put you off other books in this genre?

No, because I don't think this is representative for the genre.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration was excellent.

Any additional comments?

The author seems to be quite biased: he continuously makes unfounded subjective comments that give the impression that Christianity is something of a joke.

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Thomas Aquinas

Excellent introduction to the philosophy of Aquinas. It really made it come alive an I enjoyed it very much. Made me want to get back to reading his books.

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Good concise enlightenment

I like these little short summaries of the great philosophers works.

Short but not too short and not too difficult to follow.

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Excellent

It is a very well written and informative introduction to the life and the work of Thomas Aquinas.

I recommend this to students of philosophy as an elementary introduction to Aquinas' philosophy.

The text rich and the narrator's performance is exceptional.

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Can't help feeling profoundly short changed

Good brief account and starting point for anyone curious about Aquinas' philosophy, although even a slightly longer account would be a significant improvement. Not that much commentary on the social impact, for example.

Also, it feels a little colourful in its praise of western intellectualism of the period, which was not as enlightened as in other parts of the world. Even though it's somewhat sarcastic throughout, this seems to be poking fun at the time rather than the place.