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JAARBOEK THOMAS INSTITUUT UTRECHT 2004 OUT NOW!

The 23rd yearbook presents a number of interesting studies on the work of Thomas Aquinas, written by scholars with either a background of theological or philosophical training.
The first three contributions focus on Aquinas from a theological point of view.

Herwi Rikhof scrutinizes the special treatment Aquinas gives to the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. The main question Rikhof discusses is whether Thomas' view on the theological virtues provide modern discussions of morality with important insights.

The second study is written by Sister Marianne Farina, who dives into a theological comparison of basic moral views of Thomas Aquinas and medieval Muslim scholar Al-Ghazali. She addresses three major themes: God and the work of creation, the theological virtues as contemplation and action and Aquinas and Ghazali as resources for today.

On January 16, 2004, the Thomas Instituut organized a day of study devoted to God's almightiness. In this volume the lecture which Mark-Robin Hoogland delivered during that day is published, entitled 'No almightiness without God'.

The fourth contribution is written by Rudi te Velde, professor in philosophy at Tilburg Theological Faculty and the University of Amsterdam, and newly appointed member of our editorial committee. Te Velde approaches the theme of Aquinas' views on individuation.

In the fifth and last study contained in this yearbook, Jörgen Vijgen discusses the concept of despair in Aquinas' moral theology. Hope and despair are studied, and their connection to 'acedia', spiritual apathy turns out to be important as well. Vijgen's contribution ends with the central role that, in this respect as well, Aquinas' christology plays.

As always, the yearbook closes with the Annual Report of the Thomas Instituut, written by its secretary of studies, dr. Cristina Pumplun.

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Netherlands: Euro 12,00
Belgium: Euro 18,00
Other countries: Euro 23,00