Gilson, the nature of thomistic philosophy
- Working on Gilson's 5th and 5th editions of Le Thomisme, it is a profound, magnificient work, the fruit of 50 years of experience by the truly great historian of philosophy and founder of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto.
In the introduction Gilson clearly sets out to bring into focus the very foundation of thomist philosophy, a foundation based upon St. Thomas profession and vocation as a teacher of Catholic Truth, that is, a theologian first and foremost, and a philosopher by way of principled subservice.
This book is truly a touchstone for anyone wanted to know the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, without the distortions of any ahistorical or agenda-driven commentator.
The results of Gilsons study, not only accurate, but surprising.
This work goes well with Josef Pieper's more general, yet totally relevant work Love of Wisdom: the Nature of Philosophy.
Pieper's work sets out well the subjective foundation of philosophy is the love of wisdom and wonder that drives one to theological first principles.
Gilson's work sets out accurately Aquinas' objective critera for placing philosophy in rightful service to Catholic theology (revealed).
These two works, taken together, brings one to an altogether wonderful appreciation of the synergy between faith and reason and theology and philosophy.
Perhaps more later.