• The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

  • By: Prof. Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 09-24-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (472 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By criticaltom on 04-04-10

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.

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gregory on 01-28-10

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.

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By George on 01-15-11

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David on 01-03-14

Still a great series.

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

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By Robert Zaar on 03-16-17

The best audio introduction to philosophy

Clear, makes difficult concepts accessible. loved every part of it. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in philosophy. It also comes with a free booklet.

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By Kevin J. Rogers on 08-28-16

Lovely summary

I never knew much about aquinas but this was a great introduction. It is nice to hear an author who is fair and objective and whom you feel you can trust. Well done.

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