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St Thomas Aquinas By Vivian Boland OP

St Thomas Aquinas by Vivian Boland OP

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St Thomas Aquinas by Vivian Boland OP

It may be surprising that the thought of a medieval theologian still informs many areas of intellectual debate, but there continues to be lively interest in the work of Thomas Aquinas. He considers the most radical questions for our thinking about education: what is a human being? what does it mean to learn? what does it mean to teach? what does it mean to know, to understand, and to search for the truth? In this text, Vivian Boland offers a short biography of Aquinas focused on his personal experiences as a student and teacher. The book then provides a critical exposition of the texts in which Aquinas develops his views about education and includes a short account of the reception and influence of his thinking. Finally, it considers in some detail the most significant points of contact between Aquinas's educational thought and current concerns - his conviction about the goodness of the world, his holistic understanding of human experience and his contributions to virtue theory - and highlights the continuing relevance and influence of this work and thinking within educational philosophy today.

St Thomas Aquinas Reviews

A series that recognizes the importance of theorizing for educational thought and to that end seeks to gather together the thoughts and ideas of important educational thinkers. * Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society *
Aquinas' theory of education is based upon a perceptive account of human person as a rational animal. In this book, Vivian Boland shows the subtlety and breadth of Aquinas' understanding of human intellectual life, looking at the connections between sensation and reason, communal pedagogy and personal virtue, the creative causality of God and the reality of free will. His work makes St. Thomas' thought accessible and illustrates well its perennial relevance. -- Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, USA
The publication of this paperback edition of Vivian Boland's St Thomas Aquinas will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the process of teaching and learning for it underscores that this is a venerable tradition. Here Boland reassesses the life and thought of St Thomas Aquinas in an engaging and assessable style. There are four sections to the book: part 1 sets the scene of who is Thomas Aquinas; part 2 is a critically engagement with Aquinas's thought about teaching and learning; part 3 considers the reception and influence of the work; and part 4 considers the argument that Aquinas's approach to teaching and learning is rooted in theological convictions and is philosophically coherent. -- Michael A. Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
It was once fashionable in philosophy courses to jump from the study of Plato and Aristotle to that of the 17th century Empiricists and Rationalists, as though nothing of importance was said in between. So it was with educational theory and ideas. But Vivian Boland's book fills the gap, showing how Aquinas' extensive philosophical writings, covering the main themes of philosophy, led to a distinctive understanding of education which is extremely relevant to today. Those themes in ethics and epistemology illuminated what it means to be human, and the central place of reason, knowledge and virtue in that humanity. Those perceptions are central, it is argued, to the aims of education and thereby to the role of the teacher. Moreover, the book, like Aquinas, does not remain in the realm of pure philosophy, but shows, too, how the educational ideas are manifested in a distinctive scholastic pedagogy from which we can learn. The book is not just about Aquinas as a philosopher, but also about Aquinas as a teacher. -- Richard Pring, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Education, and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, UK

About Vivian Boland OP

Vivian Boland OP is Vicar of the Master of the Dominican Order, based at Santa Sabina, Italy. He lectured for many years in theology and philosophy, most recently at St Mary's University College, UK, and at Blackfriars, UK. He contributes frequently to theological and pastoral journals.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Foreword Introduction Part I: An Intellectual Biography of Thomas Aquinas 1. Learning: Monte Cassino, Naples, Paris, and Cologne 2. Teaching: Paris, Naples, Orvieto, and Rome 3. Reading, Disputing, Repeating 4. Sources and Resources 5. Openness and Criticism 6. Thomas Opts for the Dominicans and for Aristotle Part II: Critical Exposition of Aquinas's Work II (A): Can One Human Being Teach Another? 7. Thomas on Teaching: Contexts 8. Thomas on Teaching: In II Sentences 9 and 28 9. Thomas on Teaching: Quaestiones disputatae de veritate 11 10. Thomas on Teaching: Summa theologiae I 117 II (B): Knowledge, Truth, Faith Reason 11. Knowledge 12. Truth 13. Faith and Reason, Theology and Philosophy II (C): Pedagogy 14. Towards a 'Sound Educational Method': In Boethii de Trinitate 5-6 15. Kinds of Speculative Sciences 16. Method in the Speculative Sciences 17. From Sensation and Imagination to Understanding and Wisdom 18. The Roots of Aquinas's Pedagogical Concern: Scholastic, Aristotelian, Christian 19. From Socrates to Jesus 20. The Most Excellent of Teachers Part III: The Reception and Influence of Aquinas's Work 21. From Controversial Theologian to Doctor of the Church 22. The Second Scholasticism 23. The Third Scholasticism 24. The Twentieth Century 25. Thomists on Education in the Twentieth Century 26. Interpreting Aquinas Today Part IV: The Relevance of Aquinas's Work Today IV (A): Creation 27. The Meaning of Creation 28. The Goodness of Creation 29. God's Complete Freedom IV (B): The Human Being 30. Aquinas Opts for a 'Holistic Anthropology' 31. The Unity and Integrity of the Human Being 32. Praise of the Body 33. The Image of God IV (C): On Virtue 34. Virtue Theory 35. Dispositions 36. Shaping Character, Strengthening Dispositions IV (D): On Virtues 37. Intellectual and Moral Virtues 38. Cardinal Virtues: Pieper and Geach 39. Contemporary Receptions of Aquinas on Virtue: Hauerwas and MacIntyre 40. Criticisms of Virtue Theory 41. Virtues for Learning and Teaching 42. Human Flourishing: Action, Contemplation, and Teaching Bibliography Index of Persons and Subjects

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