Dubuque, Iowa: The Priory Press, 1964. First edition. Octavo, original gold [mustard] cloth, original dust jacket. Fine book, dust jacket with only very gentle toning to spine and flap folds. A nearly-fine copy. Item #649
THOMISM: THE EARLY DISCIPLES OF THE ANGELIC DOCTOR First edition of this "bio-bibliographical" study of the early Dominican adherents of Thomism in the years immediately after the death of Aquinas. Thomas Aquinas was "the fine flower of the colossal Christian and intellectual rebirth of the thirteenth century" (Donald Attwater). Thomism largely dominated Catholic theology and philosophy in the decades after Leo XIII's Aeternis Patris (1879) but his early defenders remained little known until unearthed by historical scholars. "Those who honored Thomas as 'The Angelic Doctor' often forgot just how controversial Thomas was in his time. In 1270 the bishop of Paris drew up a list of eighteen errors and condemnable propositions from his works. This was renewed and expanded in 1277. Only after fifty years did a later bishop of Paris revoke this condemnation" (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints).
The text is bookended by a short Introduction and a brief Conclusion: "For Thomism, after all, is a living system and its principles develop step by step in such a way that each new stage is organically linked with the past." The book is divided into six chapters: One. Historical Background, Two. Early English School of Thomism, Three. Early French School of Thomism, Four. Augustinian Teachings and Objections to St. Thomas, Five. Defense of the Thomistic Views in England, Six. Defense of the Thomistic Views in France. Conclusion. The text is supplemented with a comprehensive Bibliography on primary and secondary sources. "An excellent specialized study concerning the origins of the long series of followers of St. Thomas. The early English and French schools are studied in relation to their defense against objections coming from the Augustinian thinkers" (George McLean). The book was printed at the Priory Press, founded by the Dominicans in 1952 and housed with the Mount St. Bernard Seminary at the St. Rose Priory. George F. McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought 1900-1964, 303. Approbations.