Claudio Cirinei, PhD in philosophy, is a high school teacher and has self-produced and distributed this interesting and easy volume, in the format of a pantry, through Amazon. The content is concise and valuable.
Dieu. “Celui qui est” (De Deo ut Uno) is a volume, broad from every point of view, written by the Dominican father Serge-Thomas Bonino, currently dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of San Tommaso in Rome, President of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas and Secretary of the International Theological Commission.
Julian Baggini is a British journalist and philosopher of Italian origin, quite famous in the United Kingdom, also dedicated to the dissemination of atheistic issues. In this small volume, originally published by Oxford University Press in 2003, he engages in a basic presentation of what atheism is.
The book by Ardian Ndreca, full professor in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Urbanian University, is part of the series “Paths of urban theology”, edited by Armando Matteo and programmatically inspired by the indication of Pope Francis “It is necessary to arrive where new stories and paradigms are formed, reaching with the Word of Jesus the deepest nuclei of the soul of the cities ”(Evangelii Gaudium, n. 74).
Massimo Borghesi is one of the most authoritative Italian interpreters of the “modern”, to whom he has dedicated numerous studies, focusing in particular on the thought of Romano Guardini and Augusto del Noce.
Thomas Aquinas did not comment on the Song of Songs, but his works and his own spiritual experience show a deep assimilation of these enigmatic pages of the Bible. Serge-Thomas Bonino, one of the greatest exponents of contemporary Thomism, takes advantage of the presence of the Song in the writings of Aquinate to offer a penetrating study about the use that medieval theologian makes of some themes or images of the holy book.
In the interesting collection of Thomistic Studies of the recent Cor Iesu Editions a new work has been published on the perennial theme of freedom. Its author, Xavier Prevosti Vives, who presented the work as a doctoral thesis obtaining the highest qualification, delves into the study of the metaphysical foundation of “one of the most precious gifts that the heavens gave to men” as Don Quixote said . In this case, however, the travel guide will not be our literary giant but another philosophical-theological giant: Saint Thomas Aquinas.
The main relevance of Seguró’s work lies in its analytical character, a careful elaboration that shows the obvious weight of Philosophy, repeatedly reviled.
ELISABETH KRUSE. The creative reception of the mystical tradition in the lyrics of Dámaso Alonso. A modern metaphysical poet?
Kruse’s work, endowed with an interdisciplinary approach, tries to put the postwar poetry of Dámaso Alonso in dialogue with the mystical tradition. Thus, he achieves a novel rereading of the Madrid poet from his reception of the mystique and the Golden Age, with special attention to San Juan de la Cruz and Luis de Góngora.
VALENTÍ FEIXAS SIBILA, Life, pedagogical thinking and educational action of Pau López Castellote (1929-1994)
We are pleased to present this book, which constitutes a biography of Pablo López Castellote, which includes, in addition to his life history, a compendium of his ideas on Christian education. A work, therefore, necessary and useful that is endorsed for having obtained the Joan Profitós pedagogical essay award in the 2016 edition that annually calls the foundation of the Escuela Pía of Catalonia.
Petrus Calo, one of the first biographers of Saint Thomas, tells that being just five years old our Dominican “asked his teacher anxiously and frequently: what is God?”. This question would accompany and, somehow, shape his whole life. Making this same question his own and from the hand of Saint Thomas, Rudi te Velde undertakes, in the work that we review, an investigation that seeks to deepen the truth about God. Although it is not a “recent” work, we find it interesting to comment on it because of the repercussion it has had and because it constitutes an habitual reference for those who study the De Deo uno treatise on Saint Thomas.
Heller was a jurist and political scientist (Teschen, 1891- Madrid, 1933), Austrian -of Jewish origin-, volunteer of the Emperor in the Great War and ordinary Professor in Frankfurt, a socialist militant, although faced with Marxism, owner of a rich baggage philosophical, who developed a theory that underlined the reality of social life; the intrinsic value of the state organization; the irreducibility of politics to law and the economy; the political nature of law and the legal nature of politics; and especially the centrality of the independence of the State in the international order.
Emmanuel Perrier, L’attrait divin. La doctrine de l’opération et le gouvernement des créatures chez Thomas d’Aquin.
“We have a habit of summarizing [the metaphysics of Saint Thomas] with the metaphysical expression of being, thus contrasting it with a metaphysics of the good or the one […]. But if we take into account the order of the act that divides the entity, it would be better to speak of a metaphysics of being and operation ”
Recently the work Myth, knowledge and action has been published. Continuity and change in cultural processes in the Peter Lang publishing house, coordinated by doctors Claudio César Calabrese, Gustavo Esparza and Ethel Junco. As its own title expresses, the eight essays that integrate it trace a masterful journey around myth: this notion is analyzed and evaluated as a system of thought, system of knowledge and system of action. This group of researchers from the Abat Oliba CEU University, the Pan American University of Mexico and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico share with each other the premise by which the myth is considered a form of knowledge of the world.
It should be noted that the authors of this book are people who have a long professional experience in the field of education and that, in addition, have an extensive pedagogical and philosophical bibliography. In fact, it’s not the first time that María Rosa Espot and Jaume Nubiola have prepared a book together. They published Aprender a divertirse (2011) and Cómo tomar decisiones importantes (aimed at young people from 15 to 22 years old) (2016). Now this written work arrives with a conceptual and direct style, without sterile eruditions, which combines experience and reflection, practical knowledge and pedagogical analysis. In fact, its origin lies in different works published previously in prestigious journals and communication, although this origin does not tarnish its systematic character and a coherent internal logic.
La fundación ontológica del acto operativo en el tomismo contemporáneo. Un análisis comparativo y una propuesta de solución
We present the first book by Rubio Hípola, professor at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid. This is the publication of his doctoral thesis in philosophy. The work carries out a comparative analysis of three “figures” of contemporary Thomism, looking at how each one studies the constitution of the operative act. In this way attention is fixed on a central aspect of Thomistic metaphysics: the act of being and the essence, as well as its relationship with the second act.
Ana María C. Minecan won the Extraordinary Doctorate Award for her thesis, presented in 2015, on the Reception of the physics of Aristotle by Tomás de Aquino (Complutense University of Madrid). Since then, in addition to a good number of articles, she has also published the volume From the eternity of the stars to the genesis of the universe: A journey through the cosmology of the late Middle Ages (Murcia: Diego Marín, 2017). Here we present another crystallization of her research in recent years: an introduction to the natural philosophy of Aristotle. She not only intends to initiate us to the book of Physics, but, in general, to the conceptions of the Greek philosopher on the philosophy of nature. Thus, this work comes to replace the lack in Spanish of a general introduction to this capital aspect of Aristotle’s thinking.
At the end of last century a French Dominican, great exponent of contemporary Thomism published a book entitled Synthèse dogmatique with the subtitle “De la Trinité à la Trinité”. The choice of both was not accidental, because he intentionally wanted to point out a key idea in the thinking of Thomas Aquinas: theology is nothing but thinking about the mystery of God revealed and how all things come from him and tend to him. The book of Dominic Legge that we are commenting on now participates in the same fundamental conviction and tries, successfully, to show how the Christology of Saint Thomas is fully included in this conceptual framework: it is only intelligible if it is viewed from the mystery of the Trinity.
In recent years, interest and studies on the biblical commentaries of Saint Thomas have grown remarkably. With them, a more complete thought of Saint Thomas is accessed and, above all, his own point of view is highlighted: the point of view of a theologian who drinks his wisdom mainly from Sacred Scripture. So Saint Thomas has shown himself in his teaching work especially as a Magister in Sacra Pagina.