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Albert the Great, OP - Commentary to the Mystical Theology of Dionysius

Albert the Great, OP - Commentary to the Mystical Theology of Dionysius

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PAULIST PRESSNEW YORK • MAHWAHCover art: KEVIN NOVACK, C. S. P., is a free-lance artist, and iscurrently assigned to the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish,Boulder, Colorado
Nihil Obstat 
Herbert McCabe, O. P. Timothy Radcliffe, O. P.
Imprimi Potest 
Peter Edgar, O. P.February 3, 1988Copyright © 1988 bySimon Tugwell, O. P.All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced ortransmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage andretrieval system without permission in writing from the publisher.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataAlbert and Thomas : selected writings / edited and translated bySimon Tugwell : preface by Leonard Boyle.p. cm. — (The Classics of Western spirituality)Bibliography: p.Includes index.ISBN 0-8091-3022-X1. Spiritual life—Catholic authors—Early works to 1800.I. Tugwell, Simon. II. Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280. SuperDionysii Mysticam theologiam. English. 1988. III. Thomas,Aquinas, Saint, 1226?-1274. Selections. English. 1988.IV. Series.BX2349. A575 1988248.4'82—dc19Published by Paulist Press997 Macarthur BoulevardMahwah, New Jersey 07430Printed and bound in the United States of America
PREFACExvALBERT THE GREATINTRODUCTIONI. The Life and Works of Albert3II. Albert and the Dionysian Tradition39 TEXTCommentary on Dionysius' Mystical Theology131 THOMAS AQUINASINTRODUCTIONI. The Life and Works of Thomas Aquinas201II. Introduction to the Texts267 TEXTSInaugural Lecture (1256)353
Texts on Prayer:
 Commentary on the Sentences, Book 4, distinction 15,Question4363Quaestiones Disputatae De Veritate, Question 6, Article6419Summa Contra Gentiles III, chapters95-96425 From The First Lectures on St. Paul433From The Lectures on St. John439From The Lectures on St. Matthew445Prayer: Summa Theologiae II. II, Question83476From The Commentary on Romans520-vii-
Texts on the Contemplative Life:
 Prologue to the Commentary on Boethius' De Hebdomadibus527From The Prologue to the Commentary on St. John529Active and Contemplative Life: Summa Theologiae II. II,Questions179-182534
Texts on Religious Life:
 Obedience and the Vows: De Perfectione, Chapter 13589Obedience: Summa Theologiae II. II, Question 104, Article5597Sin and The Rule: Summa Theologiae II. II, Question 186, Article9601Study: Contra Impugnantes Dei Cultum et Religionem, chapter11606Quodlibetal Question I, Article14613
Poverty: Summa Theologiae II. II, Question 188, Article7618 The Best Religious Order: Summa Theologiae II. II, Question188, Article6628ABBREVIATIONS AND SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY633INDEXES638-viii-Editor of This VolumeSIMON TUGWELL OP, STD, MA, teaches theology in the University of Oxford and at the Dominican house of studies there, where he hasbeen Regent of Studies since 1976. He also teaches for part of eachyear at the Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome (the Angelicum)and at the Dominican sisters' study house in Rome. He is a member of the Dominican Historical Institute.He has published numerous articles in a wide variety of journals, bothscholarly and popular. His books include
Reflections on the Beatitudes
Ways of Imperfection
and, more importantly for readers of this presentvolume,
The Way of the Preacher 
and, in the Classics of WesternSpirituality series,
Early Dominicans
. He is editor of the series,Dominican Sources in English.He was educated at Lancing College, Sussex, England and at CorpusChristi College, Oxford, where he read classics and English beforeentering the Dominican Order.Author of the PrefaceLEONARD BOYLE, OP, STM, D. PHIL, FRHS is Prefect of the VaticanLibrary and a member of the Irish Province of the Dominicans. Heformerly taught at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.-ix-
In a previous volume,
Early Dominicans
(Classics of WesternSpirituality, 1982), I expressed a hope that the two outstandingthirteenth-century Dominican doctors of the church, St. Albert theGreat and St. Thomas Aquinas, would find their own place among theClassics of Western Spirituality. This present volume is the fulfilment of that hope.Neither of the two is a "spiritual writer" in the sense to which we havebecome accustomed, but both are, in different ways, significant for thehistory and understanding of Christian piety. Both represent instances,recognized and canonized by the church, of a type that has not alwaysenjoyed a good press in devout circles: both are unambiguouslyChristian intellectuals. Albert, we may say, is almost the apotheosis of curiosity, while Thomas stands for fearless lucidity. In their different

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