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Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors

The Philosophers and the Church Fathers in His Works

Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors takes us on a voyage through the history of philosophical thought as present in the works of Thomas Aquinas. It is a synthetic presentation of the works and thought of the great predecessors of Aquinas, as he knew and used them. This is the first time that a comprehensive survey of the works of these influential thinkers that were quoted by St. Thomas Aquinas is presented in a readable form. Throughout Aquinas's corpus he commented on the works of Aristotle, Boethius and Dionysius, showed great interest in and use of the writings of St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. John Chrysostom, Gregory the Great and John Damascene, as well as the great Arab and Jewish scholars of the tenth to the twelfth centuries. However, the precise extent of Aquinas's knowledge and use of these various writings has not always been clear. In Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors chapters are devoted to Thomas's relationship with stoicism, Cicero and Seneca, and neo-platonist thought. For this volume, Dr. Elders has researched the thousands of quotations of these different authors in the works of Aquinas. The references reveal the admirable knowledge Thomas had of the doctrine of the different authors, his evaluation of them, his agreement and disagreement. In sum, the book is an illustration of how the philosophical and theological works of St. Thomas Aquinas lie in close scholarly, philosophical, and theological proximity with the writings and thought of his great predecessors.


"My first encounter with the books of Fr. Elders was as a dissertation student, and I have tried to keep up with his incredible scholarly output over the years. Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors exhibits all his fine qualities as scholar and writer in this fine translation: mainstream interpretation of Aquinas, which avoids eccentricity, profound knowledge of the Thomistic texts, exhaustive knowledge of the scholarship, and, in this case, discerning judgment about which 'predecessors' to choose in light of the most recent scholarship. My favorites are the chapters on Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, the Liber de causis, Avicenna, and Averroes, which can introduce the reader to a vibrant area of contemporary Thomist scholarship."—R. E. Houser, Bishop Nold Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas.

"This book has a place next to Torrell's Saint Thomas Aquinas as a basic resource necessary for every student of St. Thomas. Father Elders reveals the richness of Aquinas's debts to many of the greatest pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers of the two millennia that preceded him. The book should become a touchstone for all future Thomistic studies."—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

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