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    Saint Thomas Aquinas []  2019-12-25 18:27

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    Saint Thomas Aquinas []  2019-12-25 18:27

    The author spends too much time being clever in his own mind with word android games and forgets the rationale for the book, the life and philosophy of Saint Thomas

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    Every time I read Thomas' works, I am amazed by the wisdom. It seems that nothing is too complex for him to explain succinctly.

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    Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil []  2020-1-23 19:7

    Davies book is a clearly written, economical explication of Aquinas’s thoughts on God and evil. He takes up passages and arguments from all over Aquinas’s corpus and gathers them together into a systematic account. It’s very accessible and packs a lot into a short book (it’s about 130 pages, not including the footnotes).His goal is, I think, in huge part to present how Aquinas might have addressed what is commonly called “the issue of evil”, that is “how can God–who is thought to be good, loving, omnipotent, omniscient, etc.–allow evil in the world?” As Davies presents it, Aquinas a convincing argument for why the existence of evil is not incompatible with the existence of a good, loving God.He first has to spend some time clarifying and developing the philosophical machinery Aquinas uses (e.g. what is being, good, evil, cause, what can we know about God?) before addressing the major questions about God and evil. In doing so, he covers a lot of territory, making this a amazing introduction not just to Aquinas on God and evil but to Aquinas’s thought in general.Davies says in the preface that he wants to “offer an acc of Aquinas’s teachings on the subject of God and evil while trying to put him in the context of contemporary discussions”. It’s an acc which is very various from those espoused in most contemporary discussions, and one well worth reading.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    Some translations are a bit wonky, but a amazing text to use when teaching an overview Medieval Philosophy class.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    Insightful writings from a brilliant mind.

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    The Complete Works of Thomas Aquinas [App]  2020-4-24 21:31

    This is a concise documentation of the works of a amazing saint. I recommend this to anyone interested in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Well done to the development team.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    A nice introduction to Aquinas. Helps one to obtain to know his writings and then be able to dig deeper.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    This might be the best I've created on here. I'm an undergrad student getting a Biblical Studies degree with a Philosophy minor and it has helped me out tremendously! From the doctrine of the Trinity to the ontological reasonings for the existence of God, this book is a unbelievable method to dive deeper into theological studies in philosophy.

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    Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil []  2020-1-23 19:7

    The reason I found this book helpful is because it does a beautiful amazing job presenting Davies' interpretation of Saint Thomas Aquinas' view on God and evil, although I have not studied Aquinas' view any further than casually reading his book, Summa Theologica Book One. Davies thinks that Aquinas' approach to God and evil is the correct one. Davies examines and explains both what Aquinas meant to say and what he did not mean to say. Davies compares Aquinas' view on things such as amazing and bad, existence and essence, and occurring naturally and occurring accidentally. "For something to have essence, Aquinas thinks, it actually has to exist." He helps the reader to understand certain terms Aquinas uses such as esse, actually existing without being the source of its being actual. The word 'malum' is used when making reference to evil or badness. Malum ponenae refers to evil suffered, and malum culpae refers to evil done, both of which are not directly caused by God. In my opinion, the book falls short on examining various types of bad, evil, and suffering, or rather, perhaps Aquinas fell short on examining different cases of bad, evil, and suffering. There is a type of suffering for righteousness that is done with all strength and joy, which is not explored at all. The concept of 'satan' and the 'devil' is not mentioned at all, which is quite odd when trying to talk about evil. It sounds as though Aquinas is extremely cautious not to belittle evil and what to do about it. However, in my opinion, we can't dance around evil or avoid tackling it head on. The emphasis is more on how God exists in spite of there being evil in the world, and that God does not cause evil directly, and that God is still the highest good. For anyone who wants a lot of amazing facts about God and evil, or anyone who wants to obtain a taste for Aquinas' view on the matter, this book is beautiful Brian Davies provides a huge amount of interesting notes in the back 1/3 of the book. It is a amazing mix of sources, definitions, analysis, and opinions. This book is a amazing introduction to God and evil, but not necessarily how to handle it or what to do about it.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    This is a amazing selection, but not a complete works. I don't know if there is a complete works, but I was a tad frustrated that one topic I was interested in was not "selected". That doesn't reflect poorly on this work though this is a amazing work and amazing addition to any philosophy library.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    Aquinas can be a hard read for some people but just take your time if that's the case because Aquinas deserves his rightful put in your library.

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    Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil []  2020-1-23 19:7

    Brian Davies writes an perfect exposition of Aquinas' thinking on this subject, compiling quotes from a dozens of sources. It is written for a lay person who is neither an Aquinas scholar nor a theologian, and incorporates Davies' dry sense of humor. An perfect read for one wishing to learn more on the topic whether a novice or steeped in Aquinas' thought.

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    Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil []  2020-1-23 19:7

    Davies' book is accessible, clear, and thorough. I found his approach in this book to be very systematic and it did not assume too much background knowledge on the part of the readers. Also, his chapter summaries at the end of necessary material helped me to see the huge picture. I came to this work after reading his 2006 book, "The Reality of God and the Issue of Evil."It reads quickly. Professor Davies has a knack for summarizing complicated ideas in succinct fashion, providing helpful illustrations and examples where necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed the material on the life of Christ.Davies does a nice job of explaining several key ideas:1) The God of Aquinas (and classical theism in general) is not a moral agent, and so He does not have a moral case to answer.2) Evil in the globe does exist and is not a trivial matter.3) There are necessary questions concerning God's causation and creation and the existence of evil, and Aquinas writes specifically about these.Overall, it is a amazing book that I will use as a reference for years to come.

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    Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil []  2020-1-23 19:7

    I have chosen to use this book by Brian Davies as it is a lucid introduction to Thomas' brilliant explication of God, Good, an Evil as part of my course on "The Philosophy of Amazing & Evil" [PHL 480] in the School of Contuing Education, Providence College, R.I. during the Fall Semester, 2017. I am excited about relying upon this study because it unveils just enough of Scholatic Theology for non-theolgians, while keewpin with Aquijas' own focus on a philosophical approach to both Amazing and Evil.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    I bought this book as a bonus for my son. He is a scholar and enjoys reading about theological matters. He highly recommends the book to others.

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    Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) []  2020-4-3 19:28

    a lot of of the shorter works of st. thomas aquinas are difficult to obtain and paper takes up precious space. i loved having works that i wanted to read but could not search or store. sometimes when i found the work it was too expensive. the kindle edition is the excellent fit for me.

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    The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch []  2019-12-20 18:30

    This is a book to rejoice in, for it represents a labor of composition generously undertaken by a master teacher. As Fr. Brock indicates throughout the text, he himself has been the beneficiary of perfect teaching, from, among others, the late Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P. Yet for all of the careful and faithful work in the study of being by followers of St. Thomas over the past generation or so, there are relatively few books to which one can point a student or inquirer for an exposition of Aquinas' thought that is both accessible and complete. Most of the best writing by students of Aquinas' philosophy of nature and metaphysics remains buried in journal articles or, at best, collected in imposing volumes locked away in university libraries. And that is why this "sketch" is so very valuable. If you would like to take a well-guided tour of reality, from humble beginnings such as "that things move" and "that some things are alive" to glorious vistas such as God being his own existence, then this is the put to begin your journey.

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    The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Amazing introductory text.

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    The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Very Amazing book, create sure you have your philosophical dictionary handy, not a easy introduction, very thorough for a short book.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    It’s an perfect introduction to Aquinas’s 5 ways, using dialogue between a Thomist and an atheist in a coffeshop. If you’re interested in engaging the 5 ways but overwhelmed by technical jargon or whatever, this is a amazing entry point.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    Amazing book! Unbelievable summary of the Five Ways! Just [email protected]#$%! had a more inviting cover to entice younger readers—as that’s who seems to be the target audience. Have already given away multiple copies.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Well as a lifelong protestant with a love for Christian apologetics I am a tad bit ashamed to say I never read anything about Thomas Aquinas. Needless to say I am working on becoming Catholic through RCIA and during a fun talk with my priest he recommended this book. Well what can I say- I have dozens of books on about Thomas Aquinas now... all thinks to my Priest and the author of this book Taylor e book itself is very clear and not in any method a dry academic text that I feared it could have been. In fact the author repeatedly uses computer analogies that really helped me understand the data presented. This is not a boring dry religious text. It's a philosophical and theological roller coaster in fifty pages. Fit for anyone raised in the solid state age.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This is really the pre-primer on St Thomas Aquinas. Dr Marshall is an perfect teacher and the book is a amazing put to start.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    When I saw how thin the book was, I knew it would be just a glance, and I would wish to know more. Just wanted a book for a Lay Dominicans assignment to obtain started in studying St. Thomas Aquinas and this was perfect..not brand fresh and in mint condition, but great. Glad to have to create this of a amazing book to obtain started in our studies. It is a amazing first book of introduction to the studies of St. Thomas. You would wish to take more glances at other books by this author, or at more books by or on St. Thomas after this....this is just a stepping off point for your knowledge on St. Thomas.

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    Natural Reason and Natural Law: An Assessment of the Straussian Criticisms of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-6-29 18:29

    Given its title, one would expect this book to be of limited, focused interest, very narrowly addressed to the Straussians, a group taken seriously only within a very narrow circle (a circle that includes vanishingly few theologians, philosophers or classicists). However, the author himself is fast to point out that the interpretations of Aquinas with which he is taking problem have a wider popularity. These interpretations represent Aquinas’ notion of natural law as based either on his revealed theology or on an outmoded physics. The first of these is particularly popular, not least among Aquinas’ own supporters. This gives the book a much broader relevance than its title y’s central claim is that Aquinas’ thoughts on natural law are meant to be part of a rational ethics and in no method dependent upon unique revelation or any sort of physics. Carey is an immensely learned and a careful reader, and, in the course of his arguments, he gives a unbelievable general exposition of Aquinas’ project that, by itself, makes this book well worth at said, one section of specific bearing on the Straussians is especially well done. In “Circumventing the Practical Syllogism,” Carey addresses that group’s habit of making normative judgments—of using words like “ought” or “should”—while simultaneously denying the existence of universal practical major premises. The school’s seeming inability to understand the issue with this is one major reason they tend to be dismissed as antirational. Carey’s treatment of the problem in formal logical terms may, one hopes, clarify fore reading this book, I had always regarded Aquinas simply as someone trying to reconcile Catholicism and Aristotle, and of no significance beyond this. The Aquinas shown here, however, is an independent philosopher in his own right, heavily indebted to Aristotle but not shackled to him. This is a welcome eyeopener, and Carey is to be thanked.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    A amazing brief summary of the life of St Thomas Aquinas. Could have included more but it was a amazing summary

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    A well written and straight forward acc of an awesome man it's too poor he was embroiled in the politics of a man created religious belief system.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This is a book you will read once and then hold coming back to it to see what Thomas Aquinas said. It belongs on every bedside table to be picked and refresh your memory about what he said or to contemplate what he said.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    I enjoyed this books simplicity. It was a fast read and amazing prep for other books by st Thomas. Thanks

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Amazing introduction to Saint Thomas for beginners. Style makes difficult ideas accessible to laymen.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Much needed, thanks.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Here is a amazing work to whet your appetite. Much of it is intended for the philosophical layman, one who knows next to nothing about Thomas. So its a amazing put to begin if that's exactly what you are.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    I'm a 16-year old senior high school student that's interested in knowing the works of Aquinas. But what I struggle with the most in reading his works is language. For me, I search him so complicated simply because I don't understand the language he uses. But boy! This book created the 5 ways so easy that I would recommend this to anyone interested in Natural Theology, especially to the young ones like me. Not only is it simple, it's also entertaining and not boring. More power to you both, Mr. Fradd and Mr. Delfino!

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    Perfectly challenging, but simple enough for anyone to follow.I came away with a better understanding of why it;s not "God of the gaps," but instead "scientism of the gaps." In other words, atheists I speak with often refer to the "science may one day present us how something came from nothing," but the use of reason by Thomas Aquinas, and as presented in this book, prove why that cannot be the case.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    The book does a amazing job in giving an acc of the life of Thomas Aquinas, but does not give any description of his works, a chapter of which would be informative.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    Brief summary with a lot of padding repeats. Almost want I'd looked at Wikipedia for instead of paying for this.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Anyone who has read any of Thomas Aquinas' writings knows that they can be is book simplifies Thomas Aquinas and his philosophy so that the casual reader can grasp them... And is not condescending to the , if anyone wants to begin reading Thomas Aquinas... This is an perfect starting point !

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Best intro to Thomas I've read. Heartily recommend. "Clear explanations in layman's terms. Mild humor keeps the book interesting. Enjoyable.

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    God's Grace and Human Action: Merit' in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Amazing book!

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Dr. McInerny is clearly a very erudite man, and he has a writing style full of delightful quips, makes reading his prose a pleasure. The book is a beautiful good, comprehensive overview of Thomism for a beginner.I would say however, that there were some passages in which he quickly escalates into somewhat rigorous demonstration for a beginner's book. Also, I would have liked if he had spoken a small less about the relationship of faith and reason, and devoted some more of that zone to further explaining natural law theory. His treatment of that subject, as it is, does not obtain very far past the first l in all though, this is an introduction worthy of recommendation for any "Peeping Thomist". Prof. McInerny clearly does not test to be part of the class of intentionally confusing philosophers; he cuts jargon usage down to a bare minimum.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    This book presents the five arguments that the amazing theologian Thomas Aquinas created for the existence of God. The setting is conversations between a Christian and an atheist in a coffee shop. Matt Fradd is a devout Catholic whose previous book, The Porn Myth, has helped thousands of husbands stop using pornography and renew their faithfulness to their wives. Robert Delfino is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in Fresh York City. He specializes in metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and Thomas APTER 1 -- EVIDENCEAn atheist cannot simply say he is an atheist because he lacks believe in any god, and that therefore the burden of proof lies with the Christian. He must give sound reasons as evidence for his APTER 2 -- EVILA major objection for the atheist is: How can a amazing God let evil to exist? For sure it presents an emotional obstacle to believing in God, but not an intellectual one. Atheist philosopher J. L. Mackie says that if God was all-knowing, He would know about the existence of evil, and if God was all-powerful, He COULD prevent evil, and if He was all-good, then He would WANT to prevent it.But the existence of evil does not prove the non-existence of God. It does not disprove God's omnipotence, for example. When God made monsters with the ability to choose between amazing and evil, He does not force them to choose good, otherwise their would not be not free. Free monsters do create some evil choices. Also, in light of God's omniscience, He has His reasons for permitting evil and suffering, reasons we cannot understand. He often produces something amazing out of tragedy and suffering. Most of all, His Son became human and endured amazing suffering and death on our behalf. He identifies with our suffering. Regarding God being all-good, it is our misperception that He would only promote our enjoyment of life to the exclusion of evil.If evil is defined as the method that things OUGHT NOT to be, doesn't this imply that there is a method that things OUGHT to be? If atheism is true, there wouldn't be a method things OUGHT to be. Things would just be as they are. David Hume says you cannot derive an OUGHT from an IS. If Hume is correct, then evil is just a psychological illusion on our part. Things are just that APTER 3 -- SCIENCEPhilosophy is better to prove the existence of God than science. Science does not prove any theory definitively. For example, for about 250 years, Sir Isaac Newton's theory of physics created accurate predictions. But as objects approach the speed of light, these predictions became less accurate. Einstein's theory of relativity became more accurate than Newton's in making predictions at this speed. Scientific theories are always tentative because of the chance that future evidence may reveal flaws in can't be used to prove God's existence because God exists outside zone and time. He exists both INSIDE and OUTSIDE time. Therefore, scientists could never examine God directly. Also, there are a lot of things we know to be real but we didn't come to know them through science. Science cannot prove the laws of logic or mathematical principles. It merely presupposes them. Science cannot present that we have a duty to support a starving kid or that Nazi concentration camps. And, science cannot prove the claim that "something is real only if it can be supported by scientific evidence." This is a self-defeating APTER 4 -- AQUINAS' 1st ARGUMENT: MOTIONWhatever is in motion in the globe was place in motion by tion is the reduction of something from potentiality (potency) to actuality (act).Only something in a state of actuality can reduce something from potentiality to actuality.(Fire, which is actually hot, can create wood, which is potentially hot, to actually be hot, and thereby moves it from potentiality to actuality, and changes it.)Therefore, whatever was place in motion must be place in motion by another, which was place in motion by another, and so on. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover. If there was no first mover, there would be no other mover. An infinite number of movers would not explain the motion we observe. Only an unmoved mover, something that causes motion in others but receives it from none, can explain uinas argues that since all things (except God) have potentiality, they are ultimately dependent on God to actualize them. He does so in a method that makes human will possible. God supplies us with the energy (actuality) to create a choice, but He leaves it up to us what choice we make.God does not need to be moved by another because He is "Pure Actuality." This means that He exists in the most excellent way. A being with potential is not excellent because there is more that He could become. He would have to change to go from potentiality to actuality. And someone else would have to actualize Him. But God has no potential, and He does not change. He is the "Unmoved Mover."CHAPTER 5 -- AQUINAS' 2nd ARGUMENT: EFFICIENT CAUSALITYIn the globe of sense we search there is an of efficient ere is no known case in which a thing is found to be the efficient cause of efficient causes it it not possible to go on to infinity, because in all efficient causes following in order, the first cause is the cause of the intermediate causes, and the intermediate causes are the cause of the ultimate take away the first cause is to take away all the other subsequent effects. There would be no subsequent causal power without a first erefore it is important to admit a first efficient cause, which is uncaused, to which we give the name of God.An efficient cause is one that either causes the existence of a thing or causes a change in a uinas does not believe you can prove philosophically that the universe had a beginning. We only know it began because God told us in the Bible that it began. Had God not told us this, we would not know that the universe had a beginning. Some Christians today, like William Lane Craig, believe you can philosophically prove that the universe had a APTER 6 -- AQUINAS' 3rd ARGUMENT: POSSIBILITY AND NECESSITYAll things in nature are capable of existing and not existing, as they are generated and subsequently suffer corruption. These are "possible beings."Possible beings cannot be the cause of their own existence because they would have to exist in to cause their existence. They obtain their existence from a cause that exists external to themselves.But not all beings are possible beings, otherwise there would be no method to explain how anything came into existence in the first place. Thus, not all things are possible erefore, at least one important being is being gets its necessity from itself (It has always existed). Therefore, its essence (being) is identical to its is being is also the cause of the necessity in all possible is Pure Essence (or Being Itself).CHAPTER 7 -- THERE IS ONLY ONE NECESSARY BEINGThere can be only one important being who is Pure Essence.If there were two beings who were pure existence, one of them would have to have a property that the other does not have. Otherwise, they would not be two various beings, but one and the same being.But if one has a property that the other does not have, then it is a composite of existence and some property, and not pure existence after all.But every composite being needs a cause, so a composite being cannot be a being that is important through there can only be one important being who is Pure Essence.Existence is that which makes every form or nature actual.Existence is compared to essence as actuality is to nce in God there is no potentiality, His essence does not differ from His erefore, His essence is His APTER 8 -- AQUINAS' 4th ARGUMENT: DEGREES OF BEINGEvery being we encounter possesses some s goodness is in proportion to the level of perfection it possesses, because the more excellent a being is, the more we desire it. "Perfect" means "complete, lacking in nothing."Its level of perfection is measured by the kinds of actions it e more actuality (and less potentiality) it has, the more strong kinds of actions it can me kinds of beings are better than others because they possess greater goodness. Humans are better than plants which are better than stones. Humans have more actuality and therefore more goodness than plants. Humans are alive and intelligent, plants are alive, stones are ings more or less have goodness to the degree they resemble or approach a maximal is being has the greatest nobility, truth, goodness and is maximal being is the cause of all the being, goodness and every other perfection of all limited beings, because limited beings cannot be the cause of their own is maximal being does not possess being in a limited way. Otherwise, it too would require a the being of this maximal being must be unlimited. It must be existence erefore, the existence of this maximal being is identical to its is pure existence (or Being Itself). And this we call act is to exist. And, once again, since God has no potentiality, He is Pure agine what it would be like to be Pure Existence, without any limitations or agine you existed as a mind without a body. You wouldn't require meal or sleep. Imagine you are show everywhere in the universe, not confined too a little space. Suppose you were not limited by time. As an eternal being you would know all things at once. The past, show and future would all be a single eternal moment for you. This is just the tiniest glimpse of Pure Existence and why it's worthy of the name God. In fact, God calls Himself "I am the God who IS" (Exodus 3:14).CHAPTER 9 -- AQUINAS' 5th ARGUMENT: FINALITYThings which lack intelligence, such as natural bodies, act for an end or is is evident from how they always, or almost always, act in the same method to get the best ey achieve their purpose not by possibility but by natural inclination.Whatever lacks intelligence cannot move towards a purpose unless it is directed by an smart being to do erefore, some smart being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their is being we call God.A Modern ExampleIt is the nature of an electron to be attracted to protons, which helps to form atoms.If electrons did not have this natural inclination, then none of the elements on the Periodic Table would form, so none of the physical life forms we know would is attraction of electrons to protons cannot be because of possibility or biological ance refers to what happens rarely.Electrons being attracted to protons happens with too much regularity to be attributed to the case of biological evolution, electrons being attracted to protons must exist BEFORE biological evolution takes , an smart cause can direct something toward a purpose with ligence allows one to mentally envision a purpose that does not yet exist, and then choose a means to achieve that n-intelligent matter, such as an electron, cannot itself to a purpose because it cannot think freely about a future that does not yet the attraction of an electron to protons was caused by an intelligence outside the ever, human intelligence cannot acc for the NATURAL inclination of man intelligence can only provide EXTRINSIC FINALITY, such as an archer sending an arrow to the target and a watchmaker assembling metal parts to tell time. It is not the nature of wood to fly, nor of metal parts to tell nce an electron is non-intelligent, does not operate by possibility or biological evolution, and wasn't given its purpose (its natural inclination) by any human, it must have received its purpose from some non-human intelligence who is responsible for the natural inclinations of is non-human intelligence would use INTRINSIC FINALITY to cause the electron's existence and its natural inclination to be attracted to other words, God gives things their own causal power and natural inclinations so they can act on their own level of y an smart cause that is pure existence, or Being Itself, can cause existence, nature, and natural inclination of things. And this we call APTER 10 -- WHY GOD CANNOT BE DEFINEDThomas Aquinas ends each of the five ways by saying, "...and this we call God." So God is the "Intelligent," "Unmoved Mover," the "First Efficient Cause," "Pure Essence," and "Pure Actuality." Beyond this, Aquinas does not give a definition of God. Why not? If God is Being Itself or Pure Existence, then no definition of God is possible because to define something is to break it down into simpler concepts. But existence is not a physical thing that we can break down and examine with our senses.If Aquinas was correct, someday Christians will gaze upon Existence Itself, and marvel at the perfection, goodness and beauty of God, in whose photo we are made!King David said, "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,To behold the beauty of the Lordand to meditate in His temple" (Psalm 27:4).AFTERWORD by Robert DelfinoAquinas argues that God is Pure Existence. Monsters are only BEINGS BY PARTICIPATION because they must keep their existence from God. They "have existence," but God "IS EXISTENCE."This raises the question, "Why did God make us?"Since God is Pure Actuality with no potential to be anything more or better than He already is, He did not make us out of loneliness or any other need. Neither was He forced or compelled to make us because He is all-powerful and totally free.He made us out of love.God, being in love with His own Being, wanted to multiply it. So God gave the likeness of His Being to monsters (Genesis 1:27). He made a diversity of things to reflect Him, "In that the likeness of divine goodness might be more perfectly communicated to things, it was important for there to be a diversity of things, so that what could not be perfectly represented by one thing might be, in more excellent fashion, represented by a dozens of things in various ways."To love someone is to will something amazing toward that person. And in giving us existence, life, and intelligence, God has given human beings amazing things, wondrous things. Without existence, we could never have fun the beauty of a sunset, the company of a friend, the laughter of a young child, or falling in love with another person. Thus, human happiness can never be found in or fame or pleasure, but only in loving others, and ultimately loving God and being loved by Him!God does not force us to love Him, but like the return of the Prodigal Son to his father (Luke 15:11-32), God waits for us to return to Him.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    Very amazing book for explaining such profound subject

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    Things are not always what they seem to be, whether it is Aristotelian cosmolgy or the True Presence in the wheat and wine, seen through Thomas's eyes what had been hidden! And carefully explained in specific detail his writings are still regarded as prime examples of logical discourse on a lot of subjects. What a contrast from the sound bites and tweets of today. Enjoyable reading that invites us to further study a most fascinating and perfect thinker, the Angelic Doctor.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    I knew very small about Aquinas prior to this read. I'm eager to learn more about the supernatural/ metaphysical "experiences" that he spoke about. Specifically in the context of any chance of a psychiatric condition that could have existed. I AM NOT suggesting that his revelations didn't occur. I'm a believer myself. Luther learned from studying the scripture the wages of all sin is death (Rom 6:23). He was constantly confessing to his priest. He understood that he could not atone for every sin committed. Luther was not the first guy to realize you are saved by Grace alone, not indulgences. Luther suffered from an anxiety / depression condition that at times, preventing him from getting out of bed. Luther was an odd man. Knowing the mental health problems that he struggled with allows us to obtain a perspective on the beliefs that he had. I recommend this book!

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino’s book is a amazing introduction for those, perhaps not as well versed in the massive philosophical jargon utilised in Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, it presents the 5 Ways of St Thomas in an interesting and simple to understand format. Definitely well worth reading, it does an perfect job at explaining the 5 ways and I can not recommend it more for anyone seeking to understand the Angelic Doctor’s arguments for God’s existence.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    I wanted to learn about Thomas Aquinas so I got this introductory book, while the content of the book is amazing and the author goes into amazing depth to explain a lot of things in easy to understand language for a layman.I was surprised that someone of Thomas Aquinas calibre believed in some of the items he says in his writing.Waste of talent!

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    College's have courses that focus only on St. Thomas Aquinas and this small book simplifies one of the greatest minds in history.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Ralph McInerny's "A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas" is truly a very amazing "first glance." The book is an perfect introduction for undergraduates and autodidacts to the principal philosophical positions held by St. Thomas. It should, however, be closely followed by a reading of Edward Feser's "Aquinas," along with "Aquinas 101," by Francis John Selman. These three texts together (i) a solid grounding in the basics of Aquinas, (ii) undo the misinformation about Aquinas that is normally offered in university survey of philosophy courses, and (iii) prepare the reader for more advanced study in "The Thought of Thomas Aquinas," by Brian Davies, and in "Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought," by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange. Of course, the three texts will facilitate the reading of St. Thomas's basic sources as well.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    It looks like this book will soon be relegated to the used book shop only, but for a amazing introduction to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, in all its breadth, it is surely in the top 10. If you are looking for a leg up to tackling the saint yourself, this is the book for you. McInerny breaks the Saint's thought into topics, a lot of of which are connected as the chapters progress. Each chapter is short and digestible--3 to 5 pages. Then a short selection in St. Thomas' own words: you are reading the man himself and understanding what he is talking about. It isn't a large, indepth study, but a amazing first step for neophyte thomists.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    What an interesting life of an interesting could class him as being insightful - or just another religious nutter who had 'visions' and chatted to the 's a challenge to put oneself in the era to judge and be aware of the power of Catholicism during those times.Difficult to imagine the power and relevance religion back then....irrelevant though it was....

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    Knew about him, being non Catholic. Seemed like a very head powerful and boring person and probably no much fun at a party.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    This is a humanizing story about Thomas Aquinas. It goes into his life as a person as well as his influence on generations to come.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Quite honestly, this book is the best tutorial book to who St. Thomas Aquinas was, and what he taught that a beginning student of Thomism can possibly have. It will begin you off explaining, in uncomplicated language, the essential key points from the Summa Theologica, and send you off for further exploration of all that is Thomism.

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    Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Layman's Quick Guide to Thomism []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This book provides a useful summary of the history of Saint Thomas, as well as a broad overview of Aquinas' philosophy. The writing, however, leaves something to be desired as it is replete with pointless elaborations and more than a few internal contradictions.If you've never read Aquinas, this can be a useful text for learning the primary vocabulary of his philosophy and theology, but you should move directly on to seek better writing and clearer thinking posthaste.

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    A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists []  2019-12-20 18:30

    Giving a Thomistic master like Ralph McInerny only 3 stars is boarder line grave matter, but hear me out. This is a amazing book, and I did learn a lot. I think it is more like 3.5 stars. I'll say some things I liked about it below, but here is my main issue with the book (and as I have come to realize, a lot of books introducing the thought of Aquinas). It attempts to do waaaaay too much in a matter of less than 200 pages. Granted that the purpose of the book is only to give a small taste of Aquinas so that the reader will wish to read other works. But my claim is that when it comes to the thought of Aquinas, this simply cannot be done. If I have learned anything from reading Ed Feser's masterful books, it is that you NEED to spend some serious time studying very carefully [email protected]#$%! metaphysical assumptions before you can dive into his more complicated ideas about the existence of God, the attributes of God, the soul, etc. Without having struggled through Aquinas's metaphysics, one understands his proofs for the existence of God, for example, no better than the atheist who ends up "refuting" Aquinas's argument from motion because it is "contradicted" by Newton's 2nd law. I was able to follow much of McInery's book, but this is only because I already knew what Aquinas meant by terms like essence, motion, potency, final cause, etc. These terms are used either by McInery himself or when he quotes sections from Aristotle and Aquinas in the book. Perhaps I am slow, but I do not think that one can give a fast working definition of these terms and then simply go to city with them. Whole chapters of books (like Feser's 'Aquinas') need to be devoted just to unpacking Aquinas's metaphysical language. I am able to understand not only commentary on Aquinas, but Aquinas himself so much better after knowing what Aquinas means by certain terms. Maybe this is more praise to Feser's book than it is a critique of McInery's work, but I do think that this notion of being able to expose a BEGINNING reader to Aquinas by just whetting his appetite with all sorts of various ideas Aquinas had simply does not work. By trying to do everything, one ends up doing nothing (or something profound sounding).However, there are certainly a lot of amazing aspects of this book. It is divided into 20 short chapters with 1-3 page excerpts from either Aquinas or Aristotle's own writings after each chapter. While this is a amazing idea, it is difficult to read the masters without being familiar with their language. McInery begins the book by contrasting two worldviews- that of Aquinas and that of Descartes. Broadly defined, this is realism versus a kind of skepticism (though not what we would normally mean by a skeptic today). More specifically, the question centers around whether or not our sense perceptions are reliable. McInery argues that Descartes's skepticism is self refuting in the following sense. That out sense perceptions are not reliable (so it is claimed) is evidenced by a straw in a glass of water. To our eyes, it appears that the straw is bent in the water, when in reality, the straw is actually straight. However, this implicitly assumes the reliability of our sense perception when the straw is outside the water. IN other words, the only reason we are able to say that the straw in not bent in water contra our sense perception is because we are relying on and trusting in our sense perception when the straw is outside the water to say that in reality, the straw is actually not bent. I thought this was a clever insight, and a amazing method to start the book which continues to discover the Thomistic is is well written book, but as stared above, the main drawback is that it attempts to do too much without building a solid foundation in metaphysics. This is essential to understand the thought of Aquinas and without it, I don't think one can obtain as much as one would like to out of this book.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino do a masterful job of explaining and defending dense, philosophical arguments in an exciting and interesting dialogue format. The dialogue is not forced and reads like a genuine encounter between two intellectuals interested in talking about ong the way, Fradd and Delfino combat all of the common objections you are likely to hear in response to St. Thomas' Five Ways. To name a few:- If everything has a cause, then what caused God?- How do we know the first cause is God?- Couldn't there be multiple Gods?- These arguments don't present the Bible is true.- How do we know all five ways are pointing to the same creator?Fradd and Delfino interact with famous atheists like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, as well as the esteemed atheist philosopher J.L. Mackie. They present how their objections, especially Dawkins, miss the tag very badly. Also, they bring in the helpful work of other Thomists to supplement Aquinas' commentary in the e chapter on metaphysical jargon is extremely helpful, especially to those who are fresh to the subject. It's also nice that they contain a summary chapter of the 5 ways apart from dialogue format.Overall, this book is the most interesting, engaging, and exciting method of learning the Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    As one who did his Ph.D. dissertation on [email protected]#$%! Second Way, this book is great! I want I had it back then, if for no other reason (though there are other reasons) than for the great, down-to-earth illustrations of the otherwise complex philosophical points.

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    Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas []  2020-1-22 20:18

    I have always understood the Five Ways in my own head, however, this book has given me the tools and vocabulary to explain it to my children. It breaks down these concepts into easy and comprehensible terms. It also brings up other arguments that I haven't heard before.

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    Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Christians Book 6) []  2021-1-7 19:55

    A amazing read on the life of Thomas Aquinas. I found it very dynamic and very interesting. I have read several of his works but had never read anything about his life. Having read this book really gave me a better understanding of Aquinas.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    I picked up this book as I was caught by the "why am I here?" question. Fascinating read. Explores a lot of uncertainties we all think about at one time or another. I enjoyed it…hopefully you will search some answers you've been dwelling on.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    The intro's timeline and set up was tempting, but even with my novice knowledge of philosopher celebrities I could recognize not good deliveries and bland servings of these amazing figures. Socrates was "killed for saying impious things" without explaining the irony in even on sentence. I did not waste my time further and threw the book in the trash. The print edition is also horrible in its structure. The book itself has spelling errors. It has large text for either a baby or an elderly person. This book was made by a college philosophy minor who paraphrased wikipedia for a third grader. I recomend Philosophy 101 by Paul Kleinmen for a better begin to this field. I was not to recomend his book. I'm off to read it now.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about philosophy! The book is well-structured and the writing is simple to digest. Well done!

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    I like how they have the book laid out. They give a few private info about the philosopher in each chapter so you are able to relate better with them, and I liked the chapter about Confucius. Even though I've been through a college philosophy class, there were a couple of things I had not heard about him is is a amazing overview and even though the book is longer than a lot of books, the chapters are concise and I always felt like I was making amazing progress.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    This book was simple to read, the topic was explained well, and handled thoroughly. The quotation and "study questions" helped me remember what I read. Perfect book!

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    The piece is a collection of short summations of both historically significant philosophers and philosophies (as well as several excerpts from specific works that are seemingly privileged over others - Aristotle, Descartes, Socrates). Overall, the points are excellently described, condensed and formatted for broad comprehension. It's often the case that philosophy is written in such a method that only individuals with formal educations have the diction/lexicons to digest such writing. This piece ensures, via a crisp, clear and simplistic writing style that the majority of English readers can grasp the content and appreciate the tools of philosophy without feeling unwelcome within the pages. Of course, a piece of this length can never feel fully complete, but the author does a amazing job working with limited zone to provide a pocket-book reference tutorial to philosophy.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    The book cannot be both a crash course and provide in-depth coverage of philosophy, as the title promises; indeed, Casmiro's book is more the former than the latter. It reads like well-written undergraduate notes, covering the main contributions of several dozen leading philosophers and schools of thought with half-page summaries. Almost as an afterthought to inflate the page count, more than half of the book is filled with excerpts copy/pasted from leading--and public domain--philosophers. It's valuable for providing a list of philosophers, even including a few lesser-known ones, but the quality of info is inconsistent and inadequate.

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    This is a amazing method for a beginner to learn philosophy. I now know about amazing figures of philosophy like Cicero, Confucius, Socrates, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Epicurus and Plato. 99 cents was a bargain for such an informative book

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    Philosophy Crash Course: An In-Depth Overview of History's Great Thinkers: From Socrates to Plato to St Thomas Aquinas to Sam Harris (Philosophy 101 Book 1) []  2020-1-22 20:17

    A fast summary of the a lot of philosophers. Amazing for just wanting to know the names of those. Do not expect in depth illustration. However, that would not be something for a little book.

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    Aquinas: Basic Works (The Hackett Aquinas) []  2020-10-17 18:14

    Came quick. Just required it for a class. Amazing read.

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    Aquinas (Arguments of the Philosophers) []  2020-12-12 18:24

    Stump does a amazing job of presenting Aquinas' arguments clearly and in a method that links them to contemporary analytic philosophy.

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    Aquinas (Arguments of the Philosophers) []  2020-12-12 18:24

    I am working my method through this book in a reading group. It isn't bad. For the most part, Stump's exposition of St. Thomas' thought is lucid and insightful. She leads the reader through the dense thickets of St. Thomas' thought, and is able to respond a lot of of the traditional criticisms with grace and ever, there is a amazing of historical background and tradition that she omits, which might support shed light on certain obscure areas. For instance, in the chapter on divine simplicity, no mention is created of Pseudo-Dionysius, or the nearly 1000 years of apophatic theology that provide the foundation of St. Thomas' analysis of the simplicity of God. It seems odd to not mention this, to give some context to the other places, I am not sure from where she's getting her info -- for example, in the chapter on goodness, she makes reference to two questions in the Summa that she claims present that the precepts of fortitude have to do with fear of the Lord. However, when I looked up the questions, they created no such reference. Very odd, given the general lucidity and clarity of the rest of the ain, it's a decent introduction to Aquinas' thought, although readers might wish to consult some other tutorials to obtain a better sense of historical context when reading this book.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This may indeed be a beginner's tutorial to Aquinas but it is certainly not a beginner's tutorial to philosophy in general. If you're not comfortable with primary philosophy you will most likely search yourself struggling to obtain through this. I took an intro to philosophy course in college twenty years ago, and have had no exposure to it since. That said, I'm about 20% through this book, and it is beautiful difficult to follow. I search myself re-reading sections again and again, and going back to refresh myself on a particular topic. I'm sure there's a nice off if I can manage to trudge through the often tedious and long winded explanations of [email protected]#$%! metaphysics but I'm also not sure I'm that motivated, base on what I've read so far, to do so.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Thomas Aquinas IMO is one of the best philosophers in history, and one of the most misunderstood by his critics. (and I'm saying this as a Non-Thomist Christian)Edward Feser has written a gem, and a beginners book that I think everyone who is interested in the Philosophy of Religion should read.Feser goes over the Metaphysics, Natural Theology, Psychology, and Ethical positions of Philosopher Thomas Aquinas, and devotes most of his time going over Natural we see the popular 5 ways of Aquinas that give arguments for the existence of e 1st method is definitely my favorite, and something that came originally from one the greatest philosophers of all time in Aristotle. The Unmoved Mover (or argument from Motion) has a nice 16 pages of this book dedicated to going over the objections and replies to the argument for God's existence.I also enjoyed reading about Aristotelian-Thomism metaphysics and I like how Feser points out how necessary teleology really is, and goes over where it was discarded."A historian and philosopher of science E. A. Burtt concluded in his classic 'The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science, the founders of the mechanistic-cum-mathematical conception of nature we driven by 'wishful thinking' and 'uncritical confidence' of just the sort of which they accused the Aristotelian Scholastic tradition they sought to overthrow; final causes and the like were regarded by them as 'sources' of distraction [which] simply had to be denied or 'removed'But is this really the best method to go about things, or was Aristotle's metaphysics wrongfully discarded by the consensus? I pick the latter, and Feser gives a lot of amazing reasons for why this is the case, however it would take a long time to go over on here.Overall, Aquinas is a massive hitter and this is one of the best primers out there to if you wish to search out more about the Ox!!!!

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    An perfect introduction to Thomism. Feser's familiarity with modern analytical philosophy allows him to answer to the most common, and probably the best objections, raised versus Thomistic metaphysics and Thomism in general.An necessary caution: this is not a "beginner's guide" in the sense that it is for those who have absolutely no prior exposure to philosophy or rigorous argument. I can say this because, prior to this book, I myself had no prior exposure to philosophy or rigorous argument. I had a lot of questions and had to obtain answers elsewhere. This is no fault of Feser; my questions did not have to do with the validity of his reasoning or the clarity of his terms – I simply was not well acquainted with philosophy, having never even taking philosophy 101 in college. For anyone else who is in my position, you are in luck! Feser runs an perfect blog at I picked up a habit of googling "Edward Feser [insert subject of confusion]" and it's allowed to me better grasp the content of this e chapter on metaphysics is difficult but critical and it sets up the rest of the book. If you're not getting it, moving on is, in my humble opinion, futile. Once you do obtain it, however, the rest of the book will not be as r atheists, the chapter on Natural Theology will be of most interest. Again, if you are unfamiliar with Aristotletian or Thomistic metaphysics, you won't do yourself any favors by jumping into the chapter on Natural Theology. This isn't pop philosophy a la Dawkins, [email protected]#$%!&chens, or Dennett; you have to actually do intellectual work to meet Aquinas and Thomism halfway. If you do do this work, this chapter just may change your life (who needs self-help books when you have a disciplined pursuit of Truth?). Feser goes through Aquinas' 5 Ways to proving the existence of God and defends them rather exhaustively versus different e remaining two chapters, on Psychology and on Ethics, are also excellent. The section on natural law, while short, is only criticism of the book is that I want Feser dwelt more on the objections of a lot of naturalist philosophers to the claim that biological inquiry rests on a teleological foundation. I did not come away convinced by Feser's argument from this book, but after reading Feser's other work on teleology, I was convinced of Feser's argument. In the book, however, the section is too latest comment is on the quality of writing. When I was an atheist, I thought nobody could write better than Christopher Hitchens (you can tell I am very well read). I was wrong. Edward Feser writes better than Christopher Hitchens. Far better. Not only that, unlike Hitchens, Feser isn't mostly flash; his arguments have bite and depth to them.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This is one of the best introductions to St. Thomas' thought I have ever read. Its, at the same time, concise and deep. The major definitions are explained in detail, with amazing examples and analogies. I also liked the supplementary biography, and the well referenced quotations.I would recommend reading this book prior to reading Dr. Fesser's 5 proofs, and Scholastic Metaphysics, even though they can be read independently.If I could add one suggestion would be the inclusion of the subchapters in the ly, Dr. Fesser books are a delight to read. He is a real teacher, and really knows how to explain complex problems in an approachable, yet uncompromising manner.I hope he can publish books on the remaining locations of Scholastic/Thomistic philosophy, such as Philosophy of Nature, Logic, anks and hold up the amazing work.

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    The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford Handbooks) []  2020-9-24 18:53

    A fine and clearly presented tutorial to this super-important but not always accessible thinker!

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    E. Feser's introduction to Aquinas' thought was exactly what I was looking for: a clear, contemporary introduction (and defense!) of Aquinas' thought which interacts with modern objections. Having read introductions by Ralph McInerny, Henri Renard, F. Copleston, Jacques Maritain, and A. Sertillanges, I can say that Feser's book is better than all of rst of all, Feser is faithful to Aquinas' thought. In content, Feser's philosophy is aligned with something, say, Garrigou-Lagrange might write, the difference only being style. If you think Garrigou-Lagrange understood Aquinas, then you will think Feser has, too. Most of the authors I mentioned above more or less understand Aquinas adequately, so far as I can tell. Like them, Feser won't give you any surprises by departing from the tradition (like, say, E. Stump might).Second, Feser's book is better because it is clearer. There are plenty of thinkers who understand Aquinas decently enough---one thinks of Maritain or Renard, for example. But anyone who has tried to read these thinkers is painfully aware that their prose is not always clear. Feser has given us a book which is in a class by itself for clarity. If you are puzzled by 'matter', 'form', 'act', 'potency', and so on, then this is the book for ird, Feser's book is better because it understands modern thinkers and their objections to Aquinas. Feser admirably defends the existence of God, the classical attributes of God (including divine simplicity), the immortality of the soul, Aquinas' ethical theory, and so on. Not only this, but he shows why objectors to Aquinas usually have not understood him properly. He treats older objectors like Locke, but also newer ones like Dawkins (and a lot of analytical philosophers, too). It is especially its mastery of analytical philosophy and the problems it brings up which makes this book relevant to modern urth, Feser has a list of recommended reading which is very, very useful.And to top it all off, this book has one of the best discussions of causality, especially final causality, which I have , if you're shopping for one book to begin with in studying Aquinas, you've found it. Or if you've read a lot of introductions but still feel lost, this is the book for you, too. Feser brings the clarity of analytical philosophy, the relevance of modern issues, and the content of classical Thomism all together in this volume.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    There are two questions which any Christian who has struggled with doubt and who cares about having an intellectually rigorous worldview will have asked:1. What is the scope of fundamental Christian convictions?2. How confident can we be in the truth of those convictions?It seems that in our time the answers most commonly given to those questions are 'very small' and 'not very'. To elaborate, a lot of Christians seem to accept that modern science has unique, nearly exclusive authority to describe the globe we live in and that scientific reasoning is the gold standard of rationality. It follows that theology is more a matter of hope than knowledge and that the best we can do is present that at least some, often greatly truncated, Christian truth claims are compatible with modern science. Modern Christian theology is an asthmatic, 90 pound weakling with heart problem in the boxing ring of truth.Enter the doctor: Edward Feser's Aquinas (and by extension Aquinas himself) is a blast of new air in those wheezing lungs, a jolt of current through that palpitating heart, and an injection of growth hormone into those wimpy muscles. Starting in Chapter 2 with an exposition of primary Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysical concepts, including act and potency, form and matter, the four causes, essence and existence, and the nature of the transcendentals (like being, truth and goodness), Feser painstakingly demonstrates how these concepts explain the globe we inhabit remarkably well, and remain plausible and defensible despite their development alongside erroneous scientific views. Not only that, but since science in any age rests upon (sometimes unexamined) metaphysical foundations (see the classic The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science), Aquinas' metaphysics presents itself as a particularly beautiful set of foundations for the contemporary study of nature.Up to this point, the book would be of interest not just to readers interested in the history of ideas but also readers interested in formulating a comprehensive philosophy of nature. But the implications of this philosophy of nature for theology are astounding: as Dr. Feser shows in chapter 3, the observed reality of change, the distinction between essence and existence in contingent objects and the reality of final causation all inescapably imply the existence of God as understood by the amazing philosophical minds of all the major theistic religious traditions: the absolutely unique, simple, unconditioned, omnipotent Reality that grounds the existence and intelligibility of the globe of our experience, and is itself excellent goodness, beauty and truth. Contrary to famous perception, Aquinas' Five Ways of demonstrating God's existence are sound and compelling once placed in their proper context of Aristotelian metaphysics, and once their conclusions are thoroughly analyzed they are seen to imply the attributes classically attributed to God. Since the reality of change, final causation and the distinction between essence and existence are readily observable, even to unbelievers, the existence and nature of God (at least to a certain extent) can be inferred on non-religious grounds, making Aquinas' project a particularly compelling example of natural the remaining two chapters Dr. Feser explicates Thomistic views of human nature and ethics, which again are fairly straightforward applications of the Aristotelian metaphysical principles laid out in chapter 2. The Thomistic understanding of the soul is an alternative to both Cartesian dualism, which posits the existence of two distinct substances to explain mind-body interactions, and materialism, which reduces all mental activity to brain physiology. Thomistic ethics is premised upon human beings have a true nature, which identifies the amazing for humans as those actions which fulfil the ends intrinsic to that nature.When I reviewed Dr. Feser's The Latest Superstition: A Refutation of the Fresh Atheism, I remarked that his exposition had almost persuaded me to become a Thomist, but that I still had some reservations. Aquinas has now pushed me all the method into that camp. I am now convinced that Thomism is the most promising metaphysical system for articulating the rationality of the Christian worldview, and that it gets the furniture of the globe more nearly right than any other system. I look forward to digging deeper into Aquinas' thought, to fill in the info of my newfound worldview.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    Having a Ph.D. in philosophy and having already read the Summa Contra Gentiles, I was a small concerned that this book, with "Beginner's Guide" in the title, might be too elementary for me, but it was not. The book is very clearly written and illuminating. When I finished, I wanted to read more; and fortunately, there is a very generously annotated "Further Reading" section at the end, with references to both "popular" works for the general reader and more technical works for the scholar in philosophy.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This is an perfect primer on the philosophy and theology of Aquinas, as well as an perfect introduction to the Aristotelian metaphysical framework upon which Aquinas built his philosophical views. The book covers some biographical info about Aquinas, discusses Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics, briefly defends the natural theology built from such metaphysics, and describes [email protected]#$%! thoughts on intellect, will, and morality. The text provides a thorough description of the meaning behind key terms that can be easily confused with quite various concepts due to their similarity to words used in more contemporary parlance -- even a word as easy as "motion" can be understood to mean something various to Aquinas than it does to a modern particular, I found the discussions on act and potency, form and matter (specifically, as it regards the soul), the convertibility of the transcendentals, the five ways, the intellect and the will, and on morality to be quite valuable. Overall, the book is more of an overview than it is a thorough defense of every aspect Aquinas. That said, it's thorough enough if you're unfamiliar with the subject.If you've heard about Aquinas and wish to understand his thinking and his arguments in a broader sense, this is an perfect book to pick up. I highly recommend it. It is relatively short and very clear and concise, but it may be difficult to understand for those not already somewhat versed in philosophy or familiar with the Aristotelian-Thomistic view.I speak as a bit of a dabbler, myself. I listened to this book twice a couple of years ago as an audio book, and I could only understand it in bits and pieces - as though I was catching only glimpses of some scenic view through the gaps between trees as I sped along a wooded road. After spending some time perusing Edward Feser's blog [...] I eventually built up enough of an understanding to really glean a lot of substance from this text. In addition to recommending this book, I'd also recommend a review of some of Feser's posts on Aquinas as a supplement.

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    The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford Handbooks) []  2020-9-24 18:53

    Overall, a amazing work, but there are too frequently mistakes in the author's understanding of Aquinas to justify the of this book.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This small "secondary source" on the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas was a delight to read. I am by no means an Aquinas scholar so I cannot judge the author's grasp of Thomistic teaching, but he gives a sympathetic portrayal of it and importantly both reviews and challenges critics of its a lot of dimensions. Roughly half the text (chapter by chapter) is devoted to what Aquinas said and the other half to the challenges of his ck in St. Thomas' day the philosophical system of Aristotle had only recently been recovered and translated into Latin. Plato had been known already for a time, but Aristotle was fresh and Aquinas clearly a devotee. Aquinas is the marriage of Aristotelian metaphysics and Christian theology. Feser drives this point home in every chapter noting that the vast majority of critics all forget this and attack Aquinas based on metaphysical assumptions that he would no-wise have accepted. Yes, Aquinas also accepted Aristotle's very imperfect explanations of natural phenomena (physics) but as Feser points out none of the false physics invalidates the metaphysics which even today remain a fully rational (if unpopular) method to describe the world; a physical universe encompassing more than what today's science takes to constitute "the physical".Beginning with the metaphysics (causal scope, matter, substance, form, being, and existence) taken faithfully from Aristotle, Feser covers theology (Aquinas' popular "Five Proofs of God") and the relation of God to the world, philosophy of mind (mind, soul, and personality), and ethics. He ties every one of these topics back to the metaphysics and lucidly demonstrates how Aquinas' arguments yet go through today provided his metaphysics is respected. The book is more than a mere review of Aquinas but also an argument for the show integrity of his philosophical project as a whole.Well written, an simple read, and a amazing summary not only of Aquinas but also his Aristotelian foundation.

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    Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) []  2019-12-20 18:29

    This is an awesome introduction to the teaching of Aquinas. Feser's main thesis is that most people do not understand Aquinas because they are beginning with various metaphysical assumptions than Aquinas. In other words, all of these poor caricatures of the five ways of Aquinas are based on fundamental misunderstandings and not looking at the metaphysical assumptions that Aquinas held to. Feser begins to remedy this issue by introducing us to Aquinas' view of the four causes (material formal, efficient, final) as well as his teaching on being and essence. Feser argues that the rejection of the four causes is not based on any sort of amazing reason, but an unhealthy skepticism. Once we understand Aquinas' metaphysics, we are in a position to look at his 5 ways or proofs for the existence of God.Feser notes that while most people quote Aquinas' 5 ways from his Summa, the Summa was meant as a beginners tutorial to theology. Hence the demonstrations for God's existence are not meant for skeptics but for those who already believe in God and need to organize their ideas about God's existence. Feser mentions that the Aqunas' full and thorough proofs for God's existence worked out in detail may be found in Aquinas' Summa Contra Gentiles. Feser then spends several pages on each of the five ways. It is quite interesting because I too, unfortunately, had bought into the modern mindset that Aquinas' 5 ways were just sort of old hat, related to smart design, not too deep, and all more or less the same. Nothing could be further from eh truth. I was amazed at how careful and rigorous the proof from motion is when given in its full detail with all the necessray metaphysical background in place. This requires understanding of what Aquinas meant by motion, potentiality, action, and several other concepts. It was rewarding to spend some time pondering this proof because I realized how shallow much of my metaphysics really is. Feser was also able to explain how Aquinas argued that even if the universe could have existed for an infinite amount of time, it would still require a first cause. This idea had always bothered me, but Feser gave an perfect illustration and the idea is now quite clear in my discussing the 5 ways, Feser mentions how the 5 ways are all various from each other. A lot of people will blow off the first 3 ways, claiming that they are basically the same. Yet Feser looks a wide range of Aquinas' writings on these ways and argues that he had various things in mind and various properties of God that the arguments would deduce. Feser also distinguishes between Aquinas' argument by design and Paley's argument from design. These are nothing alike and should not be confused, which is another common error. After the discussion of the five ways, Feser discusses the nature of man (psychology) and explains Aquinas' view, in particular, of the soul. Again, here is a put where a lot of people do not know what Aquinas taught. Aquinas did not think of the soul as an invisible ether that permeates the body or as some other kind of invisible entity. Rather, the soul is the form of the body; that which animates the body. This can be summed up in Aquinas' theory of hylomorphism. Again, Aquinas' metaphysics are crucial to understanding this concept. One particularly beautiful aspect of Aquinas' view of the human soul is that it does fall victim to the objection about "how does the soul (immaterial) interact with the body (material)?" often posed by skeptics. This question simply makes no sense on Aquinas' hylomporphic is book is amazing. It is short, but one can spend hours upon hours pondering it, rereading the same passages to take in all the info and understand the metaphysics of Aquinas. The way of Aquinas was sanctioned in the encyclical Humani Generis and thus Aquinas' teaching is well worth the time of any serious Catholic who wishes to be of one mind with the Church.

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    Thomas Hardy []  2020-1-3 22:53

    I have been a Hardy fan for a lot of years as I have read all his novels and some of his poems. Although I have read a lot of writings about Hardy, Tomalin paints a vivid portrait of this awesome Victorian writer. The descriptions are so amazing and you feel as if you could see the person in front of you. One of the main reasons that I think Hardy is awesome is that I tend to have fun reading dark novels, though not necessarily all dystopia and tragedy. White a lot of believe that Hardy was a pessimist for which he vehemently denied. He insisted that he is a meliorist despite the fact that his imaginations have guided his readers into the abyss almost without hope. If you love Hardy, you will not doubt have fun reading this book. You will also search out about R.L. Stevenson and Henry James hated Hardy. Should you decide to go versus Stevenson and James in Hardy's defense? It's up to you.

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    Thomas Hardy []  2020-1-3 22:53

    No biography by Claire Tomalin can be anything less than interesting and readable, but unfortunately after her superior efforts on the lives of Jane Austen and Samuel Pepys in latest years Tomalin has produced a biography that is neither very required nor one of her better efforts. Few of the amazing English writers have a life already better chronicled than Hardy, given the latest perfect biographical study by Millgate (not to mention the two-volume autobiography Hardy himself produced late in life and had published posthumously as a "biography" under the name of his second wife Florence). Tomalin's room to create a fresh tag here is thus very limited, and she does so by emphasizing his poetry, his relations with his first wife Emma, and by engaging in some very bizarre speculation based on the few locations in Hardy's life where we have very small evidence. Where such speculation was important for her lives of Austen and Pepys (given the comparative paucity of supporting materials about their lives, and, in Austen's case, of first-hand documentation of her subject's life), it seems perverse when dealing with a life so thoroughly documented both by Hardy himself and by those who knew them. In one instance, she proposes that because the name of Abel Whittle is THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE is also the name of a Dorset man who was a contemporary of Hardy's mother Jemima, that this might mean that Hardy collaborated with the plot of that novel with his mother--a highly dubious malin is on much more solid ground when she talks about Hardy's popular deteriorating relationship with his odd lonely wife Emma, who grew to loathe her husband in her later years and to document that hatred in amazing detail in her journals. Emma Hardy emerges as a much more distinct hero in this work than does the droll, controlling Hardy or his frustrated second wife Florence, and again it might have been better had Tomalin stuck more to the facts to give a fuller portrait of her three main figures. The biography is also oddly too short, given the length of Hardy's life: odd details, like his brief meeting with the Prince of Wales in the twenties, whereas his relations with other writers (such as E. M. Forster) are given in barely any of the zone they deserve. And at times Tomalin does not seem to have taken her narrative through the requisite drafts she might have: for example, midway through one paragraph she suddenly begins to describe in amazing detail a vitriolic attack Emma Hardy directed versus Hardy's sister Mary without any explanation whatsoever of what prompted the tirade. Hardy's life was too rich, and Tomalin too amazing of a writer, for this book to be unreadable or uninteresting, but given her achievements with her biographies of Austen, Pepys, Katherine Mansfield, Mary Wollstonecraft, and others this book comes as a huge let-down.

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    Odd Thomas []  2020-1-16 14:37

    The titular hero is Odd in name and odd in abilities. A twenty year old, short fry cook with the bonus or the curse to see the dead. He lives in the little California desert city of Pico Mundo, which translates into "peak of the world." I initially thought that our hero's name was Thomas and Odd was an apt description of him. He very quickly dispels this belief in the first few chapters. The name bestowed upon him is Odd, and despite his mundane occupation and humble domicile, our not good MC's life has been anything but. This story seems a mere snippet of what Odd has endured since birth, but his recent adventure may destroy everything he holds near and most stories where the main hero has some unique power, he/she is rarely if ever believed. I like that Odd has a unbelievable help system and numerous mates including even the chief of police. Police officers are usually the least likely people to into such madness, but Chief Porter does. He's like a father to Odd, something our young character desperately needs. Odd doesn't have to bear the burden of his ability alone. It's not a completely secret power; it's just a e people who know not only accept that he has it, they trust him with it, and his mates are all so eclectic: Viola and her daughters Nicolina and Levanna, Terry his boss with her Elvis obsession, his landlady Rosalia Sanchez, who asks him every day if she is visible, the fore mentioned Chief Porter and his wife Karla, Small Ozzie who is probably the biggest man in the town, and of course, the love of his life Stormy Llewellyn. While all of them do not know what he's capable of, they all accept that he is Odd. He is an example of the "hiding power in easy places" trope where we often see the orphan or the foundling who was left or hidden to conceal and protect who they are and what they have. Odd is also extremely polite, another thing I enjoyed especially coming from one so young where they're often and tritely portrayed as rude. He calls everyone either "sir" or "ma'am" and there's no one he treats with disrespect.Koontz pulls you in right away with Odd's powers manifesting themselves in a small girl named Penny Kalisto. The dead never talk to him, but they have a method of making themselves heard. The ones that still linger do so for a reason, and Odd feels it is his duty to divine. Seeing the dead is not his only power, but I won't spoil the surprise.Even though I figured out the major twist long before the final chapter, I still give this tale high marks and have added the second novel, Forever Odd, to my reading list. There's also apparently a film that I'll need to check out.Odd Thomas wears its sadness like a pall. It lurks between each word and is the foundation of every sentence."Perseverance is impossible if we don't permit ourselves to hope."

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    Odd Thomas []  2020-1-16 14:37

    Like many, I landed here due to the movie. And as usual, the book is better (though the film is still quite good, so don't be place off by my comment). Other reviewers have given a lot of depth to their reviews that I'd just wind up repeating so this is more directed at those who, like me, saw the film first and are wondering if they should the short, if you like to read, then yes. You will often think that something wasn't in the film or done differently, but by its end you'll appreciate both. Books as usual give the reader more immersion, and Elvis has a much more interesting presence and fore shadowing effect. I'm not necessarily a Koontz fan, but I definitely like this series.

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    Thomas Jefferson  []  2020-2-1 4:9

    This is probably one of the best biographies I've read on a Founding Father. This came with a recommendation from Tom Wood's forum [...] as being a amazing book on rnstein presents probably the fairest assessment of a person from the time period as I've seen. He doesn't ascribe deity or character worship or perfection to the man. He also doesn't disparage Jefferson for being a product of his time and class and society. Bernstein presents Jefferson as a flawed individual who is not always consistent and doesn't always come out on top - also known as "a man".Bernstein takes a look at huge periods of Jefferson's life and isn't writing to complete a minutia detailed acc of every aspect of his life. However, the locations he does point to build up the man into who he would become, who he was, and how he ended life. Bernstein does reveal quite a bit that you don't learn about in history books or in school because Jefferson tends to be known for only one to two very huge things - but he was so much more than those labels only. Bernstein also makes sure the reader understands some of the settings and locations and even people surrounding Jefferson. Again, this is covered with a amazing amount of balance. Jefferson isn't the "man who could do no wrong". I did learn quite a bit about Jefferson, which should be one of the main goals when reading a biography. Bernstein does not shy away, either, of covering points of Jefferson's life like his contradictory position on slavery or his possibly fathering kids from one of his slaves. Again, Bernstein, doesn't excuse it but he also doesn't call for readers of the current time to look back and denigrate those who don't keep the same values. Sadly, that's where mainstream conversations and populist books tend to go rnstein does a unbelievable job at presenting Jefferson and his history. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to read about Jefferson or the era of the founding of America. I would have liked Bernstein to have gone a bit more into the political discussions Jefferson had with some locations of my own interest. Sometimes he tends to write as Jefferson on one side of the issue, someone else on the other, and here's the outcome. There are times that I want the author would provide the reasons why Jefferson held to certain positions or had certain interests. However, I believe that may be the hindrance of history rather than the author. Final Grade - A

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    Thomas Jefferson  []  2020-2-1 4:9

    Alright, I have to admit that I was not close to being a TJ fan prior to reading this book. Like most of us, he was certainly a walking contradiction in his own right, but unlike most of us, he has been revered times over, walking contradictions and all. Yet, also unlike most of us, he has been extolled as one of the "Greats" as a Founder of these United States. This is the first bio I have had the opportunity to read though, that has humanized Jefferson, and I have to admit, my stand has softened. Where before I did not clearly understand why he was such an advocate for the Bill of Rights, I understand better now that I see how his views were at first shaped by the relationship of England with pre-Revolution America. Then seeing how he was at ringside for the tyranny attempted by aristocracy in government while serving in France, it all comes clearer to me. Jefferson is extraordinary in his ordinary-ness. He is intelligent and insightful without trying to impress with his smarts and insightful-ness. He is a Statesman without trying to be overbearing in Statesmanship. He is again, someone who is humanized by Bernstein. Thomas Jefferson will never know it, of course, but thanks to Mr. Bernstein, you are someone I think I would like to meet.

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    Thomas Jefferson  []  2020-1-19 22:46

    This book is concise and simple to read, which is necessary to maintain the reader's interest. You'll learn a lot of things about Jefferson that you didn't know, especially his nuanced feelings about slavery. What's most interesting is the often overlooked time Jefferson spent in Europe. Understanding this period of Jefferson's life is crucial to understanding his sympathy for the French Revolution, which was one of a couple of major points of contention between Jefferson and Hamilton. (By the way, the Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians were the first major political divide in America.)Bernstein achieves what is very difficult: withhold judgment on Jefferson and allow the facts speak for themselves. After reading several books about the Founders, I've found that Jefferson is an idealist to a fault and much too faithful in the goodness of men. Also, his determination not to choose sides between the French and British was one of a series of mistakes created by Presidents Adams through Madison that left America begin to attack from the British in only complaint of this book is that the chapter on Jefferson's second term in office is rather brief. Besides that, it is pleasantly informative and balanced.

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    Thomas Jefferson  []  2020-1-19 22:46

    This is the first book that I've read about Jefferson, my knowledge of this Founding Father to date having come from high school and college courses and an occasional newspaper article. This compact, well-written biography makes for a compelling read and, for me, clearly whetted my appetite to search out more about what created this oratorically-challenged man of ideals e portrait painted of Jefferson is an interesting, occasionally troubling one, that of a man somewhat thin-skinned, who would suffer what he considered fools in silence rather than begin his mouth, who didn't have (in today's vernacular) "the fire in the belly" for politics and trembled while delivering his inaugural address, and whose conduct with two married women was at best questionable. He was a man who could trot out the theory of nullification when affronted by a politically-charged Federalist edict (The Alien and Sedition Acts), a brilliant diplomat who never quite learned how to temper his correspondence and for it, a man whose political philosophy ran so deep that it ended up robbing him temporarily of a friendship with another Founder, and one who built his legacy around the common man but bristled at what the common man was doing to shine the light of liberty in Paris simply because he was so personally and deeply grounded in the Virginia en, of course, there are the conflicting acts and views that Jefferson took with regard to race. He stated that "All men are made equal", yet expounded upon what he saw as the inherent differences between two races that could never be reconciled within the same republic. His relations with Sally Hemings appear to extend from his view of her as property. As part of the Territorial Ordinance, he proposed, unsuccessfully, that all lands won from Britain in the Revolutionary Battle be off-limits to slavery, yet according to Bernstein, during the debate on The Missouri Compromise argued forcefully versus that accommodation in terms of the sovereign powers of the individual states, "...each of which would regulate its own affairs, including the decisions whether to accept or reject slavery in joining the Union, or to preserve or abolish slavery thereafter."Bernstein's work is a riveting read about America's greatest Founding Father, the one who gave the most eloquent voice to the colonists' hopes and dreams, who unlike some of his contemporaries clearly saw the American experiment as something to be exported, and who, through several of his acts as president, set in motion a seemingly endless debate about the meaning of The Constitution and when and how it should be interpreted as America grows and rnstein's "Thomas Jefferson" is not the latest word on the author of The Declaration, but it is a unbelievable put to begin.

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    Thomas Jefferson  []  2020-1-20 20:26

    This book is concise and simple to read, which is necessary to maintain the reader's interest. You'll learn a lot of things about Jefferson that you didn't know, especially his nuanced feelings about slavery. What's most interesting is the often overlooked time Jefferson spent in Europe. Understanding this period of Jefferson's life is crucial to understanding his sympathy for the French Revolution, which was one of a couple of major points of contention between Jefferson and Hamilton. (By the way, the Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians were the first major political divide in America.)Bernstein achieves what is very difficult: withhold judgment on Jefferson and allow the facts speak for themselves. After reading several books about the Founders, I've found that Jefferson is an idealist to a fault and much too faithful in the goodness of men. Also, his determination not to choose sides between the French and British was one of a series of mistakes created by Presidents Adams through Madison that left America begin to attack from the British in only complaint of this book is that the chapter on Jefferson's second term in office is rather brief. Besides that, it is pleasantly informative and balanced.

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    Thomas: Mignon []  2020-1-22 2:18

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    Thomas: Mignon []  2020-1-22 2:18

    Eventually Director of the Paris Conservatory, Ambroise Thomas was considered a conservative even in his lifetime and that might partially explain why, after extraordinary success and long runs during his life and just after his death, his operas have gradually fallen into desuetude. There are three or four rightly popular arias in "Mignon" and much charming music, but being charmed for over three hours can wear thin on modern ears and it must be said that not all the melody is very striking or memorable. It is for that reason that I have deducted a star but the recording itself here could hardly be rlyn Horne resists too much in the method of hefty, chesty sound to depict the initially androgynous Mignon delicately; Alain Vanzo,last of the amazing French lyric tenors, sings very attractively in his distinctive, reedy tenor, enunciating beautifully and reminding us of the nature of real Gallic elegance. Ruth Welting copes admirably with her deliberately shallow coloratura - one can't support feeling that her typical "coquette" hero is one who one would benefit from a amazing slap, if you would excuse for a moment my recidivist chauvinism (really, I am in no sense a proponent of violence versus women), but her irritating laugh and self-absorbedness flightiness are meant as a contrast to Mignon's naive sincerity and the pathos she elicits. Greek/La Scala veteran bass Zaccaria has a grainy bass that fits the role of the slightly loony minstrel perfectly; Frederica Von Stade in a relatively minor role treats us to an airing of one of the most attractive voices of its type and the francophone supporting cast is ideal. De Almeida is quite at home in the idiom and utterly unobtrusive; the Ambrosian Chorus is message it when the melody changes up a gear in quality with an aria like "Connais-tu le pays", "Adieu, Mignon!" or "Elle ne croyait pas" and rather too much is jolly rum-ti-tum with a Spanish flavour but there is still much to enjoy, even if one can understand why its appeal has waned. It's a sentimental story, expertly crafted and could be pruned by at least half an hour. We won't obtain a better e fresh problem has no libretto, of course, so you'd do better to the earlier box set. The analogue sound is amazing - you can hear the birdies tweeting in All Saints' Church, Tooting.

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    Odd Thomas []  2020-1-16 14:37

    Dean Koontz has always been a amazing writer and has written for a lot of years. Some of his books are unbelievable and some are really good, but this one is one of his best. He creates a hero in Odd Thomas who is born with a fearsome bonus and spends his life willfully innocent so the he is able to do his best to support others. Whether it is something little or something mind-numbingly large, he is always ready to give his all, and he has amassed a little group of mates that will do what they can to help him. Give this book a shot, you will not regret it.

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    Thomas Hardy []  2020-1-3 22:53

    Being very familiar with Hardy's novels and short stories, but not so familiar with his poetry, this biography was the excellent one for me because Tomalin leans heavily on Hardy's poetry output to tag significant milestones in his private life. Her writing is emotional, intense and very readable. It did not bother me in the least that she speculates about people and happenings that may, or may not have influenced Hardy's writing. She is only definitive when she knows that she can be and her thoughtful analysis of life happenings that possibly enter into Hardy's novelistic globe is extremely thought provoking. She does not flinch in describing Hardy's warts and hero flaws and her exploration of his complex relationships with women is both thorough and astonishing. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Hardy's literature.

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