Dominican Father Juan José Herrera shares the news of his recently published book, La simplicidad divina según santo Tomás de Aquino. This study contains a preface by Fr. Serge-Thomas Bonino (available here, with an English précis here). An excerpt:
In the first section, focused mainly on the historical aspect, Father Herrera contextualizes the third question [of the Prima pars] by outlining the history of the problem of the divine simplicity in Latin theology, updating the sources - both distant and close - of St. Thomas´ reflection and measuring the impact of Greco-Arab philosophy on Aquinas´ reflection. In the second section, more focused on doctrine, he gathered with precision and clarity the theoretical elements that allow for a better understanding of the critical points of St. Thomas´ teaching on the divine simplicity. This sound erudition is never lost in the unimportant but further contributes to the understanding of Aquinas´ metaphysic and theological thinking. Following this rich commentary step by step, will help the reader encounter a precise, solid and rich knowledge about St. Thomas´ thinking on this essential question.
Some philosophers of the analytical tradition fail in applying in a strict way the logical rules of human language to St. Thomas´ discourse about God without taking into account neither its theological context nor its metaphysic foundations; thus, preventing a correct reading of St. Thomas´ texts. Father Herrera´s merit of confronting the objections that the contemporary analytical philosophers – avid of philosophical theology – pose on the subject of the divine simplicity is not minor. He arrives at the wise conclusion that the misunderstanding is radical and it´s originated in the very core: How and according to which methods and categories must Aquinas be read if we want to truly understand him?