Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1953. First edition. Original blue cloth (7 3/8 inches tall), original dust wrapper. Slight toning to cloth spine, couple of small nicks to scarce original dust wrapper. A nearly-fine copy. Item #855
"ALTHOUGH NOT ALL PHILOSOPHERS ARE GREATER THAN THEIR BEST COMMENTATORS, MOST OF THEM ARE, AND THIS IS INDUBITABLY TRUE OF ST. THOMAS" First edition of this valuable "source book" of the metaphysical insights of the Angelic Doctor—this copy in the rarely-seen plain original dust wrapper. This volume is designed, according to the Preface, as an initiation "into the so-called general-metaphysical, rather than the natural theological, part of St. Thomas' integral philosophy of being." The texts, selected and translated by James F. Anderson of Notre Dame, are studied in ten chapters: I. What is Metaphysics?, II. The Subject of Metaphysics, III. Modes and Divisions of Being, IV. The Analogicity of Being, V. General Introduction to the Transcendentals, VI. The Transcendental: One, VII. The Transcendental: True, VIII. The Transcendental: Good, IX. The Transcendental: Beauty, X. Metaphysics as Scientia Divina. "The most extensive section is on the transcendental properties of being; but the nature, structure, and analogical characters of being are also treated, as is the problem of knowledge of God" (George McLean). McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 114.