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Summa Theologica - 07 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on the Passions

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In Summa Theologica - 07 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on the Passions, Saint Thomas Aquinas delves deeply into the complex and often misunderstood topic of human emotions. The thorough and systematic approach of Aquinas in dissecting the nature, causes, and effects of various passions is truly impressive.

Throughout the text, Aquinas draws on insights from classical philosophy, Christian theology, and his own rigorous intellectual analysis to provide a comprehensive understanding of how passions influence human behavior and decision-making. He explores the role of reason in tempering and guiding emotions, emphasizing the importance of moral virtue in achieving emotional balance.

While the theological focus of the text may not appeal to all readers, Aquinas' logical arguments and profound insights make this treatise a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of the human psyche. His nuanced exploration of love, joy, fear, hatred, and other passions offers timeless wisdom that remains relevant in our modern world.

Overall, Summa Theologica - 07 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on the Passions is a dense but rewarding read that will challenge readers to reflect on their own emotional experiences and consider the ethical implications of their actions. Aquinas' intellectual rigor and philosophical depth shine through in this timeless work, making it a must-read for those seeking a deeper understanding of human nature.

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The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written 1265–1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274) although it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners and a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West, which, before the Protestant Reformation, subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God's creation, Man, Man's purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God. This selection of the Summa Theologica covers questions 22-48 of the Prima Secundae ("First-half of the Second Part"), a Treatise on the Passions: the passions in general (questions 22-25), and in particular (questions 26-48), whether these latter be concupiscent (26-39) or irascible (40-48).

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