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This major new study of Thomas Aquinas, the most influential philosopher of the Middle Ages, offers a clear and accessible guide to the central project of Aquinas's philosophy--the understanding of human nature. Robert Pasnau sets the philosophy in the context of ancient and modern thought, and argues for groundbreaking proposals for understanding some of the most difficult areas of Aquinas's thought--the relationship of soul to body, the workings of sense and intellect, the will and the passions, and personal identity.
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Robert Pasnau is Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder. His publications include The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts, Volume 3: Mind and Knowledge (2002) and Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature: A Philosophical Study of Summa Theologiae, 1a 75 89 (2002).Review:
"...a welcome and rewarding book." Journal of Religion
"I found the book at once helpful, stimulating and provocative. ...a book like this is among the best homages a philosopher can receive, and the best aids a student can hope for." Carlo Leget, University Medical Centre Nijmegen
"The treatise on human nature in the Summa theologiae is one of the best known philosophical texts of St. Thomas Aquinas." Theology Digest
"Exceptionally effective." The Philosophical Review
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