The course considers the idea of being as gift in light especially of the philosophy of St. Thomas. Reflecting on the discussion of this point among some contemporary authors, the course focuses on selected texts from Aquinas on the metaphysics of creation and the transcendentals (truth, goodness, beauty), against the background of John Paul II’s understanding of gift.
Aquinas: Creation, Truth, Goodness
Thomas Aquinas, On the Power of God.
Anton Pegis (ed.), The Basic Writings of St Thomas Aquinas, Vol. 1.
James F. Anderson (ed.), An Introduction to the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Josef Pieper, Guide to Thomas Aquinas.
David L. Schindler
Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology
Since 1982, Dr. Schindler has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review. He has published articles in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical issues in bioscience and technology, gender, and the relation between theology/philosophy and American culture. Professor Schindler was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2002 to 2007.Learn More