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Throughout this book, I never ceased to be dazzled by Feser's explication of Aquinas's thought. With lucid prose, he manages to present Aquinas's philosophy in a way that I think can be grasped by general readers, without diminishing the rigor or force of the arguments. The book sticks to Aquinas's philosophy, without covering his theology based on revelation.
After a brief survey of Thomas's life, Feser covers: Aristotelian metaphysics, natural theology (a brilliant presentation of the five ways of proving God's existence), philosophy of mind, and ethics. He shows how all of these positions are as valid now as ever and can be defended without recourse to divine revelation, if we keep in mind the context of Thomas's metaphysics as a whole.
The only drawback to this audiobook is the narration. The pace of reading is fine, and Mulraney's voice is not unpleasant in itself. But he mispronounces so many words: Aristotelian, Averroes, Leibniz, and many others. I found this pretty disturbing, as some of these words recur frequently.
Bottom line: it's a great book and well worth the download, but don't teach yourself pronunciation from this reader. Hopefully we will see more of Feser on Audible. He's really that good.
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Aquinas has always seemed hopelessly dense to me, but Professor Fraser’s introduction placed him within the Aristotelian framework in which he operated. I’ll probably have to revisit the book several times to get everything, but it did more for my understanding of Aquinas than anything I’ve ever read before.
This book is primarily about metaphysics - which was great for me as after being taught it for a year and not making much progress this book really brought me on. The book shows how metaphysics underpins alot of Aquinas work. The book is around undergraduate in complexity