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By Fran O'Rourke

"This is without doubt one of the or 3 most crucial books on Aquinas released within the final fifty years." —Alasdair MacIntyre, college of Notre Dame

even if Pseudo-Dionysius used to be, after Aristotle, the writer whom Thomas Aquinas quoted most often, strangely little consciousness has been paid to the function of this Neoplatonist philosopher within the formation of Aquinas' philosophy. Fran O'Rourke's ebook is the one to be had paintings that investigates the pervasive impression of Pseudo-Dionysius on Aquinas, whereas even as analyzing the latter's profound originality. important subject matters mentioned via O'Rourke comprise wisdom of absolutely the, life because the first and such a lot common perfection, the diffusion of production, the hierarchy of creatures, and their go back to God as ultimate finish. O'Rourke devotes particular consciousness to the Neoplatonist aspect in Aquinas' inspiration of "being" as depth or measure of perfection. He additionally considers the relation of being and goodness in mild of Aquinas' nuanced reversal of Dionysius' conception of the primacy of the nice, and Aquinas' arguments for the transcendental nature of goodness.

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