A Science of Man
Treatise on Human Nature: The Complete Text (Summa Theologiae I, Questions 75–102) by Thomas Aquinas, translated by Alfred J. Freddoso
St. Augustine's Press, 2010
(365 pages, $20.00, paperback)
reviewed by R. V. Young
In an ideal world there would be no need for translations of the Summa Theologiae: having an education sufficient to peruse this text would also mean having studied enough Latin to read it in the original. This is not an ideal world, and it is possible to attain an advanced degree in a learned subject and still require help in grasping the meaning of a text written in what ought to be recognized as the fundamental language of Western civilization.
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R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His Shakespeare & the Idea of Western Civilization is forthcoming in January from Catholic University of America Press. He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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