By Dyson, R. W.; Aquinas Saint Thomas
"St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a vastly influential determine within the heritage of western suggestion and of the Catholic Church. during this significant addition to the Cambridge Texts sequence R.W. Dyson (whose sleek rendition of Augustine's urban of God has already been generally acclaimed) has selected texts by way of Aquinas that express his improvement of a Christian model of the philosophy of Aristotle, its distinction with the Augustinian inspiration that had colored rather a lot political pondering within the prior 8 centuries, and St. Thomas's perspectives as to the aim of presidency, constitutions, and the kinfolk among secular and ecclesiastical strength. estate, slavery and usury are totally lined, as are St. Thomas's celebrated and influential writings on legislation. The translations are tremendous available and the complete is supported by means of all the traditional sequence positive factors designed to help the reader, together with short biographies, notes for extra studying and a concise serious introduction."--Jacket. Read more...
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See also S. R. Packard, Europe and the Church under Innocent III (New York, ); H. Tillmann, Pope Innocent III (Amsterdam, ); J. A. Watt, The Theory of Papal Monarchy in the Thirteenth Century (London, ). xxviii Introduction of Innocent III (–) and Boniface VIII (–), and it would be surprising had St Thomas held any other view. The fact that he does not elaborate it or illustrate it with the standard historical examples is not, in itself, remarkable. Because, for St Thomas, politics is a benign and positive activity, and civic happiness a worthwhile end, he takes a different view of tyranny from the ‘traditional’ Augustinian one.
The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge, ); J. I. Catto, ‘Ideas and Experience in the Political Thought of Aquinas’, Past and Present (), pp. ff. Medieval political thought A. Black, Political Thought in Europe, – (Cambridge, ); J. M. , ); R. W. and A. J. Carlyle, A History of Medieval Political Theory in the West (Edinburgh and London, –); Janet Coleman, A History of Political Thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Oxford, ); M.
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Augustine: Political Writings by Dyson, R. W.; Aquinas Saint Thomas