Editions, Essays, and Monographs

12 publications found

Edited by
J.T. Muckle

Algazel’s Metaphysics: A Mediaeval Translation

1933. 265 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-400-4

This edition makes available to students of medieval philosophy an important and influential work of al-Ghāzzalī (1058–1111) as actually used at the time. An appendix transcribes a long note in the base manuscript made up of extracts from the De divisione naturae of Gundissalinus, while a second gives the other marginal notes as well as the variants. This edition has proved serviceable for over 70 years, and is still a necessary tool for anyone working in the field of medieval metaphysics as developed in Latin during the thirteenth century.

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Etienne Gilson

Being and Some Philosophers

Second edition, corrected and enlarged, reprinted with minor corrections, 2016. xii, 235 pp. Paperback: ISBN 978-0-88844-415-8 • $25.00

Second edition, corrected and enlarged, 1952. xii, 235 pp. Casebound: ISBN 978-0-88844-401-1 • $39.95

The study of being was one of the main preoccupations of Gilson’s scholarly and intellectual life. Being and Some Philosophers is at once a testament to the persistence of those concerns and an important landmark in the history of the question of being. The book charts the ways in which being is translated across history, from unity in Plato and substance in Aristotle to essence in Avicenna and the act of existence in Aquinas. It examines the vicissitudes of essence and existence in Suarez and Christian Wolff, in Hegel and Kierkegaard, in order to uncover the metaphysical and existential foundations of modern thought.

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Edited by
Terence P. McLaughlin

The Summa Parisiensis on the Decretum Gratiani

1952. xxxiv, 272 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-403-5

This is the first print edition of a twelfth-century canonical work that has come down to the present in a single manuscript. The Summa Parisiensis treats all of the first part of the Decretum, and the second part with the exception of causae 27, 28 and 29. It is a useful aid for the study of medieval canon law. The editor describes the manuscript, discusses the problems in regard to dating, and concludes that it is of the thirteenth century, perhaps the first half. The date of the work itself is likewise discussed, and is placed by the editor at around 1160. The introduction also gives the available information on the author and the sources used.

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Embracing Wisdom: The Summa theologiae as Spiritual Pedagogy

xii, 222 pp. 2015. ISBN 978-0-88844-422-6 • Paper • $35

That the exercise of our intellectual powers in the service of the Gospel can prove life-transforming is a principle that both informs the writings of Thomas Aquinas and, at the same time, marks the horizon of his thought. Yet the contemporary interpretation of Aquinas’ thought, with a few notable exceptions, continues to suffer from the modern divorce between systematic theology and spirituality. Even among those studies that link Aquinas’ systematic and spiritual purposes, few have asked how Aquinas sets about composing his text in such a way that it orders spiritual operations of memory, affect, imagination, understanding, judgment, and decision to each other and to the purpose of Christian spiritual development.

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Edited by
Francesca Bugliani Knox

Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons

Essays on his life and works with selections from his published and unpublished writings

xviii, 386 pp. plus 16 plates. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-425-7 • Cloth • $65

Ronald Knox occupies a conspicuous role in English religious, cultural and literary history, and he was also one of the leading lights of the English “Catholic revival” of the first half of the twentieth century. This collection of essays examines his many interests, setting them in their historical context. It discusses the profound effect that the Great War had on his religious life, his engagement with Benedictine spirituality, the distinctive characteristics of his apologetics and preaching, and his engagement with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. In so doing, it illuminates aspects of his life, as well as the circumstances of his several pastoral ministries, that have been neglected.

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Nicholas Orme

The History of England’s Cathedrals

2017. xii, 304 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-441-7 • Cloth • $45

England’s sixty or so Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals are among its most iconic buildings and attract thousands of worshippers and visitors every year. Yet though much has been written about their architecture, there is no complete guide to their history and activities. This book provides the first rounded account of the whole of their 1700 years from Roman times to the present day.

Published outside North America by Impress Books

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Joanna Miles

The Devil's Mortal Weapons: An Anthology of Late Medieval and Protestant Vernacular Theology and Popular Culture

xvi, 400 pp. 2018. ISBN 978-0-88844-427-1 • Paper • $35

To many English Protestants, the centuries before the Reformation were an inseparable part of their own early modern cultural, religious, and textual present. However, it is not easy to discern the true scope of the Protestant engagement with the pre-Reformation past in texts in which no such engagement was openly signalled by the author or printer, and it is not always easy to distinguish the influences that shaped much of such textual output.

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