Review by Choice Review
The editors (both Fordham University) present here a selection of texts, mostly from the Summa Theologiae, that give basic positions of Aquinas on morality, government, and the law. Baumgarth and Regan also provide an introduction, bibliography, and glossary that are brief but helpful. However, most readers interested in his moral and political philosophy will do much better with St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics, ed. by Paul E. Sigmund (1987). Sigmund took his selections from various works and edited them very heavily, making it easier for readers to follow the line of development. He also included extensive excerpts from a wide variety of writers--from Aristotle to contemporary scholars--to establish the sources, influence, interpretations, and continuing relevance of Aquinas' views. Of these two books, the Sigmund edition is recommended, especially for small and medium-sized collections. Nonetheless, the Baumgarth/Regan edition will serve well advanced readers who want to see in detail how Aquinas worked out his ideas. G. J. Dalcourt Seton Hall University
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