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One of the most important thinkers in the history of Christianity was Thomas Aquinas. He influenced Western thought and wrote prolifically on the relationship between faith and reason, as well as theological and philosophical issues which defined the Reformation.

The Aquinas Studies Collection (4 vols.) brings together top Thomistic scholars to analyze, interpret, and debate the classical thought of Aquinas in light of contemporary moral problems. This collection specifically analyzes ethics, emotions, and the concept of goodness, and brings new insight to the study of Thomism, theology, and philosophy.

With the Logos edition of the Aquinas Studies Collection (4 vols.), references to Aquinas and his works are linked, allowing you to click your way to primary and secondary literature instantly. All Scripture references are directly linked to the Bibles in your library, and your digital library also allows you to perform powerful searches by topic, subject, or passage. What’s more, with Logos, every word is essentially a link: double-clicking on any word automatically searches your lexicons for a match, making Latin terminology instantly accessible at the click of a button! That makes the Logos edition of the Aquinas Studies Collection (4 vols.) the preeminent academic standard for the study of Aquinas!

Key Features

  • Analyzes Aquinas’ theology in light of contemporary issues
  • Focuses on emotions, goodness, and morals
  • Benefits clergy, students, and laity looking for an in-depth study of Thomism

Product Details

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Aquinas and Empowerment: Classical Ethics for Ordinary Lives

  • Editor: G. Simon Harak
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 240

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Applying the ethical concepts of Thomas Aquinas to contemporary moral problems, this book both presents new interpretations of Thomist theology and offers new insights into today’s perplexing moral dilemmas. This volume addresses such contemporary issues as internalized oppression, especially as it relates to women and African-Americans; feminism and anger; child abuse; friendship and charity; and finally, justice and reason.

The collection revives Aquinas as an ethicist who has relevant things to say about contemporary concerns. These essays illustrate how Thomistic ethics can encourage and empower people in moral struggles. As the first book to use Aquinas to explore such issues as child abuse and oppression, it includes a variety of approaches to Aquinas’ ethics. Aquinas and Empowerment is a valuable resource for students of classical thought and contemporary ethics.

G. Simon Harak is director of the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University.

Aquinas on the Emotions

  • Author: Diana Fritz Cates
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 304

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All of us want to be happy and live well. Sometimes intense emotions affect our happiness—and, in turn, our moral lives. Our emotions can have a significant impact on our perceptions of reality, the choices we make, and the ways in which we interact with others. Can we, as moral agents, have an effect on our emotions? Do we have any choice when it comes to our emotions?

In Aquinas on the Emotions, Diana Fritz Cates shows how emotions are composed as embodied mental states. She identifies various factors, including religious beliefs, intuitions, images, and questions that can affect the formation and the course of a person’s emotions. She attends to the appetitive as well as the cognitive dimension of emotion, both of which Aquinas interprets with flexibility. The result is a powerful study of Aquinas that is also a resource for readers who want to understand and cultivate the emotional dimension of their lives.

Cates’ engagement with Aquinas provides a grammar of emotional and moral life, but one that is never over-determined; while it has universal applicability, it leaves plenty of scope for individual initiative. Her examination provides a realistic prompt to self-understanding, more accurate ‘readings’ of reality and more appropriate responses to others.

Theological Book Review

This is a careful and clear study of emotions in Aquinas. As such, Cates’ book is also a resource for a wide range of readers who want to understand, educate, and cultivate the emotional dimensions of their ethical and religious life.

Catholic Library World

Cates does a masterful job of providing a clear, sympathetic, and insightful analysis of Thomas Aquinas’ account of the role of the emotions in the moral life. She shows that Thomas’ ethics can be reduced neither to virtue nor to natural law, and that it can only be grasped within the context of his understanding of our emotions, desires, and aspirations. Anyone striving seriously to understand Thomas’ moral thought will want to be informed by this critically important book.

Stephen Pope, professor of theological ethics, Boston College

Philosophy and theology are finally giving human emotions the attention they deserve. No one surpasses Cates’ extraordinarily careful presentation of Aquinas’ own deep theory of emotions. She brings this too-long neglected aspect of his anthropology into clear light.

Edward Vacek, professor of moral theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

In recent years, there have been very few extended studies of Aquinas’ theory of the passions (or emotions), and yet this theory plays a critical role in his overall account of virtue and the life of grace. Diana Cates’ book thus fills a real need, offering us a comprehensive, reliable, and engagingly clear guide to Aquinas’ complex theory, firmly placed within the wider context of his thought. What is more, by comparing Aquinas’ account with that of central contemporary theories of the emotions, she draws Aquinas into our own conversations, where he proves to be a surprisingly illuminating interlocutor. This fine book makes an important contribution both to Aquinas studies and to contemporary religious ethics and moral philosophy, and it deserves, and I expect it to have, wide influence.

—Jean Porter, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Notre Dame

Lucid and nuanced, Cates’ study of the emotions in Thomas Aquinas explores the significance of emotions for ethics with unprecedented care and thoroughness. Her book will be a staple for scholars of Aquinas and for constructive religious ethics.

—Cristina L.H. Traina, associate professor, department of religion, Northwestern University

Diana Fritz Cates is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Choosing to Feel: Virtue, Friendship, and Compassion for Friends and Coeditor of Medicine and the Ethics of Care.

The Ethics of Aquinas

  • Editor: Stephen J. Pope
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 512

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In this comprehensive anthology, 27 outstanding scholars from North America and Europe address every major aspect of Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of morality and comment on his remarkable legacy. While there has been a revival of interest in recent years in the ethics of St. Thomas, no single work has yet fully examined the basic moral arguments and content of Aquinas’ major moral work, the second part of the Summa Theologiae. This work fills that lacuna.

The first chapters of The Ethics of Aquinas introduce readers to the sources, methods, and major themes of Aquinas’ ethics. The second part of the book provides an extended discussion of ideas in the second part of the Summa Theologiae, in which contributors present cogent interpretations of the structure, major arguments, and themes of each of the treatises. The third and final part examines aspects of Thomistic ethics in the twentieth century and beyond.

These essays reflect a diverse group of scholars representing a variety of intellectual perspectives. Contributors span numerous fields of study, including intellectual history, medieval studies, moral philosophy, religious ethics, and moral theology. This remarkable variety underscores how interpretations of Thomas’ ethics continue to develop and evolve—and stimulate fervent discussion within the academy and the church. This volume is aimed at scholars, students, clergy, and all those who continue to find Aquinas a rich source of moral insight.

Pope has assembled an impressive range of contributors to provide the most complete and authoritative commentary on the ethics of Thomas Aquinas. An indispensable resource for moral theologians and philosophers. [A] landmark volume.

Theological Studies

This book addresses a wide audience of experts and others who are interested in Aquinas and in ethics. This is an important contribution and should be present in any serious theological library.

Catholic Library World

[P]articularly timely . . . this work will address an imbalanced impression that those with only limited exposure to Aquinas may have.

Theology Today

[A] must have for every theology library and an invaluable resource for moral theologians, philosophers, and students alike. Pope has gathered some of the best Thomistic scholars and ethicists in Europe and America to contribute to this book.


A remarkable set of in-depth background essays by scholars of erudition, balanced judgment, and clarity of thought. . . . This is a rich and unparalleled resource for scholars of theological ethics.

Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College

Stephen J. Pope is a professor in the Boston College department of theology. His books include The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love.

Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae

  • Author: James F. Keenan
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 224

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This appraisal of two of the most fundamental terms in the moral language of Thomas Aquinas draws on the contemporary moral distinction between the goodness of a person and the rightness of a person’s living. Keenan thus finds that Aquinas’ earlier writings do not permit the possibility of such a distinction. But in his mature works, specifically the Summa Theologiae, Thomas describes the human act of moral intentionality, and even the virtues in a way analogous to our use of the term moral rightness. To Thomas, only the virtue of charity expresses moral goodness. And, although Thomas describes vices and sin as wrong conduct, he never really develops a description for moral badness.

Keenan compels us to carefully examine Thomas’ central moral concepts and to measure them against contemporary standards for meaning and correctness. As a result, any student of Thomas will find here a forceful argument that his notion of the good is considerably different from ours. Similarly, ethicists and moral theologians will find in the Thomas presented here a consistent-virtue ethicist concerned with descriptions for right living. Any student of theology will also find here a Thomas whose critical and concrete thinking enabled him to develop and even abandon earlier positions as his comprehension of the good evolved.

This analysis prompts a re-examination of our own concepts. Measuring Thomas’ standards against our own, Keenan obliges us to ask whether we sufficiently understand rightness and moral intentionality. He also asks whether we correctly describe what it means to will or to desire something. He further questions whether we have surrendered our understanding of the virtues to the voluntarism and subjectivism which Thomas relentlessly critiqued. This historically sophisticated reading of the Summa Theologiae both allows Thomas to speak again as he once did, and affords us the chance to evaluate the way we describe ourselves and one another as being good and living rightly.

This clear and cogently argued work will engage not only theologians and medievalists, but moral philosophers as well. . . . Keenan’s careful analysis of the texts, coupled with his obvious mastery of the contemporary discussion, make this a particularly valuable work.

—Joan Franks

[The author] shows a sure mastery of both contemporary moral theology and of the sources of the Catholic Tradition. He should be one of those who shape the next generation of American Catholic moral theology.

—John P. Langan, Rose Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics, Georgetown University

James F. Kennan is the founders chair in theology at Boston College.

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