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Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas

Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas

An Interpretation of the 'Summa Contra Gentiles'

Thomas S. Hibbs

“. . . A brilliant interpretation of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles. Hibbs convincingly shows that, contrary to longstanding legend, the Summa is neither a manual for Christian missionaries nor primarily a work of apologetics, but is instead a dialectical confrontation with the newly rediscovered Aristotle and a restatement of the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the light of that confrontation.” — Ernest L. Fortin, Boston College

Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas investigates the intent, method, and structural unity of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles. In this innovative study Thomas S. Hibbs goes against the grain of most traditional interpretations of the work and argues that the intended audience is Christian and that its subject is Christian wisdom. In the process of making his argument, Hibbs demonstrates that the Summa Contra Gentiles is the most important of Aquinas’s texts on the relationship between faith and reason, theology, and philosophy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-03113-8
254 pages

Thomas S. Hibbs is associate professor of philosophy at Boston College.

“Thomas Hibbs has produced the definitive book on Summa Contra Gentiles, a book destined to become a permanent part of Thomistic studies.” — International Studies in Philosophy

“[A] provocative and engaging new study . . .”. — The Review of Metaphysics

“One does not find in this book still another effort to explain what Aquinas was really about in the SCG; instead [Hibbs] interprets the text in a way that remarkably imitates Aquinas’s own cogitatio fidei, his thinking about the truth of Catholic faith. The result is so brilliantly accomplished that one is led to ponder whether Hibbs works here as a philosopher or as a theologian. Whatever the answer, he renders a tremendous service to the world of Roman Catholic theology.” — Theological Studies

Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas

An Interpretation of the 'Summa Contra Gentiles'

Thomas S. Hibbs

 Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the 'Summa Contra Gentiles'
Paper Edition

“. . . A brilliant interpretation of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles. Hibbs convincingly shows that, contrary to longstanding legend, the Summa is neither a manual for Christian missionaries nor primarily a work of apologetics, but is instead a dialectical confrontation with the newly rediscovered Aristotle and a restatement of the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the light of that confrontation.” — Ernest L. Fortin, Boston College

Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas investigates the intent, method, and structural unity of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles. In this innovative study Thomas S. Hibbs goes against the grain of most traditional interpretations of the work and argues that the intended audience is Christian and that its subject is Christian wisdom. In the process of making his argument, Hibbs demonstrates that the Summa Contra Gentiles is the most important of Aquinas’s texts on the relationship between faith and reason, theology, and philosophy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-03113-8

254 pages

“Thomas Hibbs has produced the definitive book on Summa Contra Gentiles, a book destined to become a permanent part of Thomistic studies.” — International Studies in Philosophy

“[A] provocative and engaging new study . . .”. — The Review of Metaphysics

“One does not find in this book still another effort to explain what Aquinas was really about in the SCG; instead [Hibbs] interprets the text in a way that remarkably imitates Aquinas’s own cogitatio fidei, his thinking about the truth of Catholic faith. The result is so brilliantly accomplished that one is led to ponder whether Hibbs works here as a philosopher or as a theologian. Whatever the answer, he renders a tremendous service to the world of Roman Catholic theology.” — Theological Studies

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