Questions on Love and Charity


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Summa Theologiae, Secunda Secundae, Questions 23–46

Thomas Aquinas; Edited, Translated, and with an Introduction by Robert Miner; With Essays by Jeffrey A. Bernstein, Dominic Doyle, Mark D. Jordan, Robert Miner, and Sheryl Overmyer

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A fresh translation of quaestiones from the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, edited by Robert Miner. This volume provides direct access to the medieval theologian’s deepest thinking about the supreme goal of human life—blessedness—and the virtue most intimately related to this goal—charity. The edition also contains Aquinas’s treatment of charity’s effects—love, joy, peace, and mercy—and the vices opposed to them, such as hatred, envy, and war. Featuring five supplementary essays by noted Aquinas scholars, the volume will enable readers to engage more thoroughly with the thought of Thomas Aquinas.

Robert C. Miner is author of Thomas Aquinas on the Passions and professor of philosophy in the Honors College at Baylor University.

“I want my students to own this book. This text differs from many other translations of Aquinas insofar as it neither summarizes nor abridges Summa theologiae but provides a lengthy, complete section of it.”—Karen Sullivan, Bard College

"A wonderful resource for philosophers, historians of ideas, and theologians, among others. The five stimulating supplementary essays and the editor’s lucid introduction shed light on the richness of Aquinas's thought from a number of distinct yet complementary perspectives."
--Douglas McDermid, Trent University

"It is harder to read Aquinas than many suppose. Miner's translation and the accompanying essays teach us how to do it admirably. And how good to read Aquinas on charity!"—Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame

“This beautifully translated stretch of the Summa Theologiae highlights the originality of [Aquinas’] theology of love and charity, in all its ramifications.”—Fergus Kerr O.P., University of Edinburgh

"This volume is simply extraordinary. The vision that gave birth to it is to be lauded. I cannot recommend this volume highly enough."—Conor Cunningham, Author of Darwin's Pious Idea

“This indispensable volume includes not only a lucid, beautifully executed translation of Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on charity but also five supplementary essays . . . With its updated translation, references to modern critical editions, and supplementary essays, this text has much to offer.”—Choice

“People trying to translate Aquinas face many challenges. Yet Miner has risen to them admirably so as to produce something that reads clearly while conveying the sense of what Aquinas has to say.”—Commonweal
ISBN: 9780300195415
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
416 pages, 5.5 x 8.25
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