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Lehrstuhl für Philosophie III
Institut für Philosophie, Residenz - Südflügel, 97070 Würzburg

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There is no doubt that Thomas Aquinas' Summa theologiae ought to be regarded as one of most eminent works of the history of thought, on a level with the magna opera of Plato and Aristotle, Kant and Hegel. It is all the more problematic that there is a tangible lack in reliable research literature on the Summa. The present project is meant to fill this gap by bringing together the main innovative trends in research on Thomas Aquinas. To be useful as a book for students and scholars, the book is not designed as ordinary proceedings of conferences usually look like; instead it follows the hermeneutic guide which is offered by the very structure of the Summa theologiae itself. 16 key themes are presented in the sequence of their appearance in the Summa by leading and innovative scholars in the field. These scholars were chosen also with an eye to their method of interpretion so that different schools of thought on Thomas Aquinas (linked to Cologne, Washington, Leuven, Fribourg etc.) are represented in this volume.

In preparation of the volume, a conference was held in Würzburg from 30th of May to 2nd of June 2002.

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