Handwritten manuscript on works relating to St. Thomas Aquinas
Handwritten Manuscript on Works Relating to St. Thomas Aquinas.
Item Number: 50007
Octavo, bound in period vellum with title in ink on spine, leather ties. Unpaginated, approximately 200 manuscript pages in Latin. With two hand colored title pages at front. Volume in neat Latin script, apparently concerning the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The title page is dated 1708.
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism; of which he argued that reason is found in God. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Aquinas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotle—whom he called "the Philosopher"—and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity. The works for which he is best known are the Summa Theologiae and the Summa contra Gentiles. His commentaries on Scripture and on Aristotle form an important part of his body of work.