Romanus Cessario's "A Short History of Thomism"

At a recent conference at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida (web site here), I picked up a copy of Romanus Cessario, OP’s, little book, A Short History of Thomism, which had originally appeared in French. I’ve enjoyed the book so much, and feel it so useful, that I asked the kind people at Catholic University of America Press for the official blurb for the book, which follows:


Romanus Cessario, O.P.

February 2005
120 pages
Paperback ISBN 0-8132-1386-X, $19.95

Since the first followers of Saint Thomas Aquinas took up the task of explaining and defending his writings, Thomists have influenced deeply the Western intellectual tradition. Together they form a school called Thomism that can claim an uninterrupted history since the end of the thirteenth century. Using carefully selected resources, Romanus Cessario has composed a short account of the history of the Thomist tradition as it manifests itself through the more than seven hundred years that have elapsed since the death of Saint Thomas. A Short History of Thomism, originally published in French as Le Thomisme et les Thomistes, supplies a need that has not been met in over a century, and is the first such comprehensive account written in English. A preface by Ralph McInerny is included in this edition.

The author, who has worked in the field for more than thirty-five years, brings to his study an appreciation for the place that Saint Thomas Aquinas holds as a perennial teacher of Christian theology, and for the influence that the Common Doctor has exercised on all stripes of theology and philosophy.

“A very lucid and well documented introduction to seven centuries of reading Thomas Aquinas.”—Fergus Kerr, O.P., New Blackfriars

“A marked success and should be extremely useful to those just beginning to take an interest in exploring the career of Thomism after 1274.”—Timothy B. Noone, The Thomist

Romanus Cessario is Professor of Theology at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and Associate Editor of The Thomist. He is the author of numerous works including Introduction to Moral Theology, Christian Faith and the Theological Life, and The Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics, and translator with Kevin White of John Capreolus’s On the Virtues.

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).