New York: Pantheon, 1957. First edition. Octavo, original black and blind-stamped tan cloth, original dust jacket. Faint toning, minor chipping to spine ends and corners of unclipped dust jacket. An excellent copy. Item #854
"THIS IS WHAT IS ULTIMATE IN THE HUMAN KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: TO KNOW THAT WE DO NOT KNOW GOD" First edition in English of this "insightful little book" (Robert Royal) on Thomas Aquinas by one of the foremost Neo-Thomists of the twentieth century. Josef Pieper "brought life and freshness and original perspectives to everything he touched...so that the personal and the traditional seemed to speak with one unique voice in him" (Royal). The essays are: I. On Thomas Aquinas, II. The Negative Element in the Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, III. The Timeliness of Thomism. "An excellent correlation of some basic insights of St. Thomas concerning some themes of contemporary thought. It relates the mystery of being to the response of the human intellect" (George McLean). A brief Postscript describes the second and third essays. Translated by John Murray, S.J. and Daniel O'Connor, with a Chronological Table and end Notes arranged at the back. Rear flap of the jacket with a photo of Pieper and praise: "T.S. Eliot on Josef Pieper." Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought.