The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old

The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old

The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old

The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old

Synopsis

Norris Clarke has chosen the fifteen articles in this collection, five of which appear here for the first time, as the most significant of the more than seventy articles he has written over the course of a long career. Father Clarke is known for his development of a Thomistic personalism. To be a person, according to Saint Thomas, is to take conscious self-possession of one's own being, to be master of oneself. But our incarnate human mode of being necessarily involves living in a body whose life unfolds acrosstime, and whose life is therefore inevitably dispersed across time. If we wish to know in full self-consciousness who we are, we need to assimilate and integrate this dispersal, so that our lives become a coherent story. The essays collected here cover a wide range of philosophical, ethical, religious, and aesthetic topics. Through them sounds a very personal voice, one that has inspired generations of students.

Excerpt

At the age of ninety-three, as I draw near the conclusion of my long career of teaching and writing philosophy, many of my colleagues have urged me to select and publish in one place what I consider the most significant articles among the seventy or so I have written already—not all published. This is the result. I have chosen twelve articles already published and four new ones, covering a fairly wide spectrum of topics. Although they do not all treat directly with Saint Thomas himself, they are all what I would describe as “Thomistically inspired.” I hope they may further significantly broaden the spectrum of writings available to the Thomistic community and others.

Publisher’s Acknowledgment

The Publisher thanks Susan Munroe, OCV, for her invaluable editorial assistance in bringing the late Father Clarke’s book to publication.

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