ICS Calendar Title: Aristotle, Aquinas and the Scholastic Approach to the History of

Philosophy and Theology

ICS Course Code: ICS 220401 F15

Instructor: Dr. Robert Sweetman

Term and Year: Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm Fall 2015

Last Updated: August 31, 2015

Contents

1. Course Description

2. Reading Schedule

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

5. Required Readings

6. Some Recommended Readings

1. Course Description

The seminar examines the scholastic approach to the history of philosophy and theology exemplified by Etienne Gilson against the background of its

foundation in the thought of Aristotle as it was appropriated by Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century. It examines the role that philosophy and theology’s history plays in the conceptual constructions of scholastic thinkers, particularly in the context of a commitment to conceptual continuity.

2. Reading Schedule

Section One: Thomas as Expositor of Aristotle Philosophizing via Philosophy’s

History

 

1. Opening Lecture—Philosophizing by Ligature via Philosophy’s History

2. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics I, Prol.-

Lesson 4 (= Metaphysics 980a21-984a18 and Thomas’ comments 1-92)

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B434 .T53]

3. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics I, Lesson 5-Lesson 11 (= Metaphysics 984a18-988b21 and Thomas’ comments 93-180) [ICS

Library Reserve Shelf: B434 .T53]

4. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics I, Lesson

12-Lesson 17 (= Metaphysics 988b21-993a27 and Thomas’ comments 181-272)

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B434 .T53]

5. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics II, Lesson

1-Lesson 5 (= Metaphysics 993a30-995a20 and Thomas’ comments 273-337)

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B434 .T53]

Section Two: Thomas Theologizing by Ligature via Philosophy’s History

 

6. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles II.40-45.118-139; II.56-

70.164-212 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BX1749 .T4 1955 Bk.2]

7. Reading—Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I.44.2 [ICS Library Reserve

Shelf: BX1749 .T46 1964 v.1]; and De Potentia III.5.

Section Three: Etienne Gilson Philosophizing (as Thomist) by Ligature via

Philosophy’s History

 

8. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter One: 1-40 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

9. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter Two: 41-73

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

10. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter Three: 74-107 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

11. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter 4: 108-153.

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

12. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter 5: 154-189.

[ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

13. Reading—Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers Chapter 6: 190-232 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

3. Course Requirements

1.   Participants in this seminar will be asked to prepare for weekly seminars by studying classroom readings with care so as to formulate two critical questions or theses complete with textual justification which will be handed in after every class (300-500 words) These questions or theses will help to provide the frame for seminar discussion.

2.   In the second place, participants will be asked to take leadership of one seminar in the course of the semester, i.e., to introduce the reading to the seminar as a whole with a view to providing a primary frame for seminar discussion (1200-1800 words).

3.   In the third place, participants will be asked to produce a course essay of 15-25 pages (15-20 M.A. level, 20-25 Ph.D. level) on a topic mutually agreeable to participant and instructor. Normally, this essay will be due six weeks after the last class of the seminar.  A topic and bibliography due by the beginning of reading week.

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

1.      Classroom discussion--10%

2.      Weekly Readings, Reflections--20%

2.      Seminar Presentation--10% (TST 20%)

3.      Course  Essay--60% (TST 50%)

5. Required Readings

1.      Thomas Aquinas, Commentarium in Metaphysica Aristotelis, I.  All Lessons

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/Metaphysics1.htm

2.      Thomas Aquinas, Commentarium in Metaphysica Aristotelis, II. Lessons 1-5

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/Metaphysics2.htm

3.      Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles II.40-45; 56-70

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/ContraGentiles2.htm

4.      Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae  I-II.44.2

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/english/summa/FP/FP044.html#FPQ44A2THEP1

5.       Thomas Aquinas, De Potentia III.5.

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/english/QDdePotentia.htm#3:5

6.      Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD331 .G495 1961]

6. Some Recommended Readings

Barry, Robert M. “History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages.” Journal of the History of Ideas 20 (1959) 105-110. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf; UTL e-resources: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7727885]]

 

Bauerschmidt, Frederick Christian. “Shouting in the Land of the Hard of Hearing: On Being a Hillbilly Thomist.” Modern Theology 20 (2004) 163-183. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resources: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7735881]

Bauerschmidt, Frederick Christian. Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B 765 .T54 B38 2015 : Robarts Library: B765 .T54 B38 2013Y ; UofT e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/9833300]

Boyle, Leonard E. O.P. Facing History: A Different Thomas Aquinas. Louvain-la-Neuve:FIEM, 2000. [ROBA: B765 .T5 B695 2000]

 

Bréhier, Emile. “Comment je comprends l’histoire de la philosophie?” Etudes de

philosophie antique. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1955. 1-9. [Robarts Library: B112 .B74]

 

Bréhier, Emile. “The Formation of Our History of Philosophy” in Philosophy and

History. Eds. R. Klibansky and H.J. Paton. New York: Harper and Row, 1963.

159-172. [KNOX: D16.8 .K52 1963]

 

Breznik, V.B. One Hundred years of Thomism. Houston: Centre for Thomistic

Studies/University of St. Thomas, 1981. [SMC: B839 .O53 1981]

 

Cessario, Romanus O.P. A Short History of Thomism. Washington D.C.: Catholic

University of America Press, 2005. [ROBA: B765 .T54 C4613 2005X]

 

Colish, Marsha L. “St. Thomas Aquinas in Historical Perspective: The Modern Period.”Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 44 (1975) 433-449. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resources: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7695864]]

Copleston, Frederick. On the History of Philosophy and Other Essays. Totowa, N.J.:Barnes and Noble, 1979. [ROBA: B29 .C658]

 

Del Colle, R. “New Scholasticism.” The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology. Ed. David A. Fergusson. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010. 375-397. [ROBA: BT28 .B55 2010X]

 

English, Adam C. The Possibility of Christian Philosophy: Maurice Blondel and the

Intersection of Theology and Philosophy. London/New York: Routledge, 2007.

[ROBA: B2430 .B584 E54 2007]

 

Ernst, H.E. “New Horizons and Catholic Philosophical Theology: Fides et Ratio and the Changed Status of Thomism.” The Heythrop Journal 47 (2006) 26-37. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7713912]]

 

Gracia, Jorge J.E. Philosophy and Its History: Issues in Philosophical Historiography. Albany: SUNY, 1992. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B514 .G73]

 

Gilson, Etienne. History of Philosophy and Philosophical Education Milwaukee:

Marquette University Press, 1948. [SMC: B52 .G5]

 

Haldane, J. “Thomism and the Future of Catholic Philosophy.” New Blackfriars 80

(1999) 158-169. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resources: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7738270]]

 

Hartley, Thomas J.A. Thomistic Revival and the Modernist Era. Toronto: University of St. Michael’s College, 1975. [ROBA: B839 .H37]

 

Hennesey, James. “Leo XIII: Intellectualizing the Combat with Modernity.” U.S.

Catholic Historian 7,4 (Fall 1988) 393-400. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7761667])

 

Jordan, Mark. Rewritten Theology: Aquinas After His Readers. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BX4700 .T6 J67 2006)

 

Kerr, Fergus O.P. “Recent Thomistica I.” New Blackfriars 83 (2002) 245-251. (ICS

Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7738270])

 

Kerr, Fergus O.P. “Recent Thomistica II.” New Blackfriars 84 (2003) 148-155. (ICS

Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7738270])

 

Kerr, Fergus O.P. After Aquinas: Versions of Thomas. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. (TRIN: B839 .K47 2002)

Knasas, John F.X. Being and Some Twentieth-Century Thomists. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. (ROBA: B839 .K65 2003X)

 

Little, J.A. Toward a Thomist Methodology. Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988. (ROBA: BT40 .L57 1988)

 

Lutz, Christopher Stephen. Tradition in the Ethics of Alisdair MacIntyre: Relativism, Thomism and Philosophy. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2004. (ROBA: B1647 .M124 L88 2004X)

 

MacIntyre, Alisdair. Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry. Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BJ37 .M23 1990)

 

MacIntyre, Alistair. “The Relationship of Philosophy to Its Past.” Philosophy in

History: Essays on Historiography of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 1984. 31-48. (TRIN: B73 .P48 1986)

 

McCool, Gerard S.J. The Neo-Thomists. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1994. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B839 .M395 1994)

 

McCool, Gerard S.J. Nineteenth-Century Scholasticism: The Search for a Unitary

Method. New York: Fordham University Press, 1989. (SMC: BX1747 .M25 1989)

 

McGucken, T. “A Century of Pontifical Thomism.” New Blackfriars 72 (1991) 377-384. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf ; UTL e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7738270])

 

McKeon, Richard. “Plato and Aristotle as Historians: A Study of Method in the History of Ideas.” Thought, Action and Passion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954. 54-88. (TRIN: B945 .M287 T5 Storage)

 

McGinn, Bernard.  Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: A Biography.  Lives of Great Religious Books.  Princeton N.J. and Oxford: Princeton, 2014.

 

Nichols, Aidan O.P. Discovering Aquinas: An Introduction to his Life, Work and

Influence. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdman’s, 2002.(ROBA: B765 .T54 N53 2002)

 

Nichols, Aidan O.P. and Tracy Rowlands. Culture and the Thomist Tradition.

London/New York: Routledge, 2003. (ROBA: BX1795 .C85 R68 2003)

O’Meara, Thomas F. Thomas Aquinas, Theologian. Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BX4700 .T6 O44 1997)

 

Pegis, A.C. “After Seven Hundred Years: St. Thomas Aquinas in 1974.” Eglise et

théologie. 5 (1974): 137-153. (REGIS: PER)

 

Prouvost, Géry. Thomas d’Aquin et les thomistes: Essai sur l’histoire des thomismes. Paris: L’édition du CERF, 1996.

 

Redpath, Peter A. ed. A Thomistic Tapestry: Essays in Memory of Etienne Gilson.

Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2003. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2430 .G474

T46 2003; ROBA: B2430 .G474 T46 2003)

 

Renard, A. La querelle sur la possibilité de la philosophie chrétienne. Essai

documetaire et critique. Paris: Editions Ecole et Collège, 1941. (PIMS: BQT

234 .R45 )

 

Roensch, Frederick .J. Early Thomistic School. Dubuque IA: Priory Press, 1964.

(ROBA: B734 .R6)

 

Saint Thomas au XIVe siècle. Special Issue of Revue Thomiste (Jan.-March, 1997).

(PIMS: PER)

 

Saint Thomas au XXe siècle. Paris: Saint-Paul, 2002).

 

Shanley, Brian. The Thomist Tradition. Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of

Religion. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2002. (ROBA: B765 .T54 S483 2002)

 

Shanley, Brian. “One Hundred Years of Philosophy.” The Thomist 69 (2005) 488-491.(SMC: BX801 .T5 v.69 2005)

 

Smit, M.C. De verhouding van Christendom en Historie in de huidige Rooms-Katholieke geschiedbeschouwing Kampen: Kok, 1950. (ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .H5 S58 c.1 )

 

Turner, Denys. Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait.  New Haven and London: Yale, 2013. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B 765 .T54 T87 2013 ; Robarts Library: B765 .T54 T87 2013X ; UofT e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/9764703]

 

Van Riet, Georges. Thomistic Epistemology: Studies Concerning the Problem of

Cognition in the Contemporary Thomistic School. Two Volumes. Trans. Gabriel

Franks. L’Ėpistémologie thomiste. London: B. Herder, 1963-1965. (SMC: BD162 .R513 196 v.1-2)

Veatch, Henry B. “Introduction: On Trying to Be an Aristotelian or a Thomist in

Today’s World.” Swimming Against The Current in Contemporary Philosophy:

Occasional Essays and Papers. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of

America Press, 1990. 1-20. (ROBA: B804 .V38 1990)

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