W. Norris Clarke, S.J.
The overall spirit that permeates this volume is Clarke’s firm conviction that the philosophical thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is an inexhaustibly rich and profound resource, and his purpose is to share this conviction with contemporary philosophers. In so doing Clarke both reflects and triggers significant new directions in contemporary Thomistic thought.
“Explorations in Metaphysics is both a reflection of W. Norris Clarke’s long career of probing and questioning and the product of an intellect focused on some of the most profound and difficult problems facing the contemporary metaphysician. Although Clarke’s textual knowledge of Aquinas is unsurpassed, he is no exegete; rather he is a dynamic interpreter drawing upon a master as he engages some of the best minds of his own generation. Whatever the topic . . .one can count on uncommon learning and analysis." —Jude P. Dougherty, The Catholic University of America
“This collection of ten essays from the philosophical journeys of Fr. Norris Clarke, S.J., . . . covers the familiar metaphysical territory of being, God, and person, but each time the traveler insists on looking at the same subjects with fresh eyes. He is anxious to identify within those timeless truths emphasized by Thomistic metaphysics what it is that needs special emphasis to be correctly understood in light of present day philosophical terminology and the current matrix of philosophical concerns.” — American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
“This . . . is a welcome resource to ‘Thomistically inspired’ metaphysicians. Revised in part to include [Clarke’s] latest insights and published with an illuminating autobiographical introduction to his philosophical thought, these essays have lost nothing of their original vigor, clarity, and relevance. . . . [Clarke] offers an insightful, challenging, and eminently readable book, one that should awaken its readers to ‘the seminal riches in St. Thomas’ metaphysical thought’ and help them continue [his] own work of ’creative completion.’ ” — Theological Studies
“. . . This volume offers contemporary Catholic philosophy at its best. . . . These essays succeed admirable in . . . showing us how rediscovering the riches of its own tradition can enable Catholic philosophy to engage the contemporary intellectual world and address the critical issues of our day.” — First Things