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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455181421
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We see our age as the greatest in human history, filled with seemingly unending originality. Yet such dynamism is not a necessary characteristic of great eras. Among the most long-lasting and stable civilizations was that of medieval Europe. There stasis was achieved, and with it a stability that permitted the development of structured thought and intellectual embellishment of unparalleled degree. Like the vast Gothic cathedrals of western Europe, certainties of thought were part and parcel of the medieval age. Its monument of the intellect was the largely static, cumulative philosophy of Scholasticism. And the acknowledged maestro of Scholastic philosophy was Thomas Aquinas.

In Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Aquinas’ life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Aquinas’ work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Aquinas within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade Bearden | 10/18/2012

    " What do you know, it took about 90 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 9/20/2012

    " This is my first time listening/reading anything on Aquinas so I have no idea whether he was covered well or not. However, this seemed more like a summary of Aquinas's biography rather than a summary of his philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber White | 8/22/2012

    " Quick gist of the life and works of Aquinas. Interesting with a few minor jokes here and there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Young | 3/31/2012

    " Note, I knew nothing about Aquinas before reading this book. Am not sure whether this is an accurate representation of his work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/1/2011

    " several commentaries on Aristotle; idea of God is great idea man can concieve: "that for the knowledge of any truth whatsoever man needs divine help, that the intellect may be moved by God to its act" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy McNeil | 9/8/2011

    " A fair amount of general history, and Strathern focuses a bit too much on the connective tissues between Aristotle and Aquinas (and not on Aquinas' work in its own right), but it was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/2/2011

    " Love Aquinas. Didn't care for the tone of the book. A bit snide. Off putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bogdan Liviu | 5/20/2011

    " Useful but obviously not enough if you're looking for more than just a vague introduction of a brilliant mind. In order to get to know him better, we should read Thomas Aquinas in 90 days (Summa Theologica). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/2/2011

    " Quick gist of the life and works of Aquinas. Interesting with a few minor jokes here and there. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.