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The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas : Hafner Library of Classics - Thomas Aquinas

The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

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What is the relation of the state to God? How can a man be both a "political animal" and a follower of Christ? These enduring questions are considered in-depth in this carefully selected volume of the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas, among the most influential of the medieval philosophers, is recognized for synthesizing Christian theology with Aristotelian metaphysics and providing a philosophical defense of Christianity addressed to the non-Christian reader. This selection specifically focuses on Aquinas's concepts of politics, justice, social conflicts, and the impact they have on society.

Bigongiari's explanatory notes and helpful glossary of unusual terms make this volume the best introduction to Aquinas's political thought ever published.

Introduction
Note on the Text
The Summa Theologica, I-II
Of the Essence of Lawp. 3
Of the Various Kinds of Lawp. 11
Of the Effects of Lawp. 24
Of the Eternal Lawp. 29
Of the Natural Lawp. 42
Of Human Lawp. 55
Of the Power of Human Lawp. 65
Of Change in Lawsp. 78
Of the Reason for the Judicial Precepts: Article I: Whether the Old Law Enjoined Fitting Precepts Concerning Rulers?p. 86
The Summa Theologica, II-II
Of Seditionp. 92
Of Rightp. 96
Of Justicep. 105
Of Theft and Robberyp. 127
Of Cheating, Which Is Committed in Buying and Selling: Article I: Whether It Is Lawful to Sell a Thing for More Than Its Worth?p. 143
Of the Sin of Usuryp. 147
Of Obediencep. 159
On Kingship
What is Meant by the Word "King"p. 175
Whether It Is More Expedient for a City or Province to Be Ruled by One Man or Manyp. 179
That the Dominion of a Tyrant Is the Worstp. 181
Why the Royal Dignity Is Rendered Hateful to the Subjectsp. 185
That It Is a Lesser Evil When a Monarchy Turns into Tyranny Than When an Aristocracy Becomes Corruptp. 186
How Provision Might be Made That the King May Not Fall into Tyrannyp. 188
What Advantages Which Are Rendered to Kings Are Lost by the Tyrantp. 192
Notesp. 197
List of Abbreviated Titlesp. 207
Glossaryp. 210
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ISBN: 9780684836416
ISBN-10: 0684836416
Series: Hafner Library of Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised