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JP9103 Contemporary Thomisms

‘Thomism of the Strict Observance’ was dominant in Catholic academies in the first half of the twentieth century, at which time it would have been scandalous to speak of ‘Thomisms’ in the plural. However the Thomist revival fostered by Pope Leo XIII had a number of effects, one of which was to generate historical research into medieval scholasticism revealing inadequacies in some of the commentaries, and another was to foster new syntheses of the work of Aquinas with currents in 20th century philosophy. After a brief historical overview of the three major periods of Thomism: Classical, Baroque and Leonine, which will summarise the contribution of the thought of St Thomas to magisterial teaching, this subject will explore key themes in contemporary Thomisms, especially in so far as they relate to issues in theological anthropology. Students will be equipped with a body of this knowledge which will enable them to undertake professional work in the field and serve as a basis for further learning.