IN PRAISE OF THOMAS AQIUINAS

IN PRAISE OF THOMAS AQIUINAS

UMBERTO ECO

onciling faith and reason in his massive Summa Theologica (1265-73), Thomas Aquinas ranks as one of the great thinkers of the eve of the Renaissance, the conservative revolutionary who changed in 40 years the whole intellectual outlook of the Christian world. He pressed for "rational investigation," "discernment of exceptional conditions," and "prudence." Italy's Umberto Eco, semiotics scholar and author of the popular novel The Name of the Rose (1983), offers a lively...

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