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Reading Aristotle with Thomas Aquinas

His Commentaries on Aristotle's Major Works

Reading Aristotle with Thomas Aquinas: His Commentaries on Aristotle's Major Works offers an original and decisive work for the understanding of the thought of Thomas Aquinas. For decades his commentaries on the major works of Aristotle have been the subject of lively discussions. Are his commentaries faithful and reliable expositions of the Stagirite's thought or do they contain Thomas's own philosophy and are they read through the lens of Thomas's own Christian faith and in doing so possibly distorting Aristotle?

In order to be able to provide clarity and offer a nuanced response to this question a careful study of all the relevant texts is needed. This is precisely what the author sets out do to in this work.

Each chapter is devoted to one of the twelve commentaries Thomas wrote on major works of Aristotle including both his massive and influential commentaries on the Metaphysics, Physics and Nicomachean Ethics as well as lesser known commentaries. Elders places Thomas's commentary in its historical context, reviews the Greek, Arabic and Latin translation and reception of Aristotle's text as well as contemporary interpretations thereof and presents the reader with a thorough presentation and analysis of the content of the commentary, drawing attention to all the places where Thomas intervenes and makes special observations. In this way the reader can study Aristotle's treatises with Thomas as guide.

The conclusion reached is that Thomas's commentaries are a masterful and faithful presentation of Aristotle's thought and of that of Thomas himself. Thomas's Christian faith does not falsify Aristotle's text, but gives occasionally an outlook at what lies behind philosophical thought.

About the Authors

Leo J. Elders (1926-2019), was a Fellow of the Pontifical Academy of Thomas Aquinas and Professor Emeritus of philosophy, Major Seminary Rolduc, Diocese of Roermond. Jorgen Vijgen is co-editor of Reading Job on Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press) and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.


"This work is the product of an age of Thomistic scholarship that is almost gone, where the scholars had an encyclopedic knowledge of the texts that owed nothing to the wonders of the Index Thomisticus."—Mary C. Sommers, University of St. Thomas

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