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Miethe, Terry L. and Vernon J. Bourke. Thomistic Bibliography, 1940-1978. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. 318p.

Reference for writings concerning Aquinas, arranged by subject.


Torrell, Jean-Pierre. Saint Thomas Aquinas: Volume I: The Person and His Work. Translated by Robert Royal. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1996, 407p.

Biography that includes an extensive list of Aquinas's writings and indexes of names and subjects.

Weisheipl, James A. Friar Thomas D 'Aquino: His Life, Thought, and Work. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, 1974, 464p.

Biographical study.


Aquinas, St. Thomas. An Introduction to the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas. Translated by James F. Anderson. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1953, 137p.

Selection of writings by Aquinas dealing with the main principles and doctrines of his metaphysics.

Ashworth, E. J. "Analogy and Equivocation in Thirteenth-Century Logic: Aquinas in Context." Mediaeval Studies 54 (1992): 94-135.

Presents Aquinas's thoughts on analogy in the context of the ideas of other thirteenth century logicians.

Copleston, F. C. Aquinas. Middlesex, Eng.: Pelican, 1975, 271p.

Philosophical study of Aquinas that includes chapters on his metaphysics, God, body and soul, morality and society, and Thomism.

Davies, Brian. "Talking about God." In his The Thought of Thomas Aquinas, pp. 58-79. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.

Explores Aquinas's ideas concerning the difficulty of talking about God, and his use of analogy in trying to deal with the problem.

Dulles, Avery. "The Spiritual Community of Man: The Church according to Saint Thomas." Aquinas Septicentennial Conference, University of Calgary: 70-87. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1978.

Surveys Aquinas's views on the nature of the Church and its relationship to the Holy Spirit and to Christ; the sacraments; worship and ministries; the papacy; and relationships between Church and state.

Gilson, Etienne. "Being and Existence." In his Being and Some Philosophers, pp. 154-89. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1952.

Explores Aquinas's views on substance, existence, essence, and everlastingness.

——. "Thomas Aquinas." In his History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages, pp. 361-83. New York: Random House, 1955.

Explains how Aquinas's reformation of theology entailed a reformation of philosophy.

Jordan, Mark D. "Discourse about the Soul." In Ordering Wisdom: The Hierarchy of Philosophical Discourses in Aquinas, pp. 115-48. South Bend, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1986.

Explores Aquinas's discourses concerning the soul, particularly the ability of the soul to have knowledge of itself.

Kenny, Anthony. The Five Ways: St. Thomas Aquinas's Proofs of God's Existence. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969, 131p.

Examines and evaluates the proofs that Aquinas presented to demonstrate the existence of God.

Knowles, David. "The Historical Context of the Philo-sophical Work of St. Thomas Aquinas." In Aquinas, edited by Anthony Kenny, pp. 13-26. New York: Anchor Books, 1969.

Describes Aquinas's achievements and speculates about why they were neglected by his immediate successors.

Kreyche, Robert J. "Virtue and Law in Aquinas: Some Modern Implications." In Bonaventure & Aquinas: Enduring Philosophers, edited by Robert W. Shahan and Francis J. Kovach, pp. 87-116. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1976.

Examines the strong ethical background of Aquinas's philosophy of society, particularly the importance of understanding the good of the whole.

Lisska, Anthony J. Aquinas's Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996, 320p.

Attempts to elucidate Aquinas's theory of natural law through the use of conceptual analyses.

Maurer, Armand. "Thomas Aquinas." In his Being and Knowing: Studies in Thomas Aquinas and Later Medieval Philosophers, pp. 3-118. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1990.

Includes essays on the sacred name "Tetragrammaton" and on a neglected Thomistic text concerning the foundation of mathematics.

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St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists. University of Notre Dame Press, 1990, 198p.

Informal overview of Aquinas that stresses his emphasis on common sense and sense experience.

Pieper, Josef. Guide to Thomas Aquinas. Translated by Richard and Clara Winston. New York: Octagon Books, 1982, 181p.

Sketches the work of Aquinas and attempts to demonstrate its relevance to the world today.

Potts, Timothy C. "Aquinas on Belief and Faith. In Inquiries into Medieval Philosophy, edited by James F. Ross, pp. 3-22. New York: Greenwood Publishing Co., 1971.

Explores Aquinas's views on belief as set forth in Disputed Questions.

Quinn, Patrick. Aquinas, Platonism, and the Knowledge of God. Hants, Eng.: Avebury, 1996, 102p.

Examines the overlooked use of Platonic aspects in Aquinas's epistemology.

Additional coverage of Aquinas's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 115: Medieval Philosophers.