Leo J. Elders is a Fellow of the Pontifical Academy of Thomas Aquinas.
"This eminently readable work will doubtless earn a place next to
Jean-Pierre Torrell's Saint Thomas Aquinas (CH, Apr'97, 34-4416) as
a required resource for students of Thomas"--P. E. Blosser, Sacred
Heart Major Seminary, Choice Connect"Elders's book is a
marvelous hermeneutical tool for those who want to understand
Aquinas, but they should not be induced by careless reading of his
material - either into supposing that Aquinas's account of his
predecessors even in some cases his Christian predecessors (who may
be cited out of context, thus made to answer questions they did not
ask) - is always historically accurate, or still less that we can
assume, for example, that we can uncritically read Aristotle
through the eyes of Aquinas, or indeed of any other medieval
thinker. Which is not to say that we cannot use Aquinas to
understand Aristotle."--John Rist, JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL
HISTORY"This is a valuable survey of the sources that Thomas
Aquinas consulted in the development of his philosophy and
theology. It is not merely a textual survey of those sources, but
an account of how Thomas related to or assessed the authors he
consulted. In writing the book, Professor Leo Elders has drawn not
only on his knowledge of the works of Thomas Aquinas, but he has
utilized the work of scores of secondary sources as he develops his
exposition...For anyone interested, whether as a beginner or as a
seasoned scholar, Leo Elders provides insight not only with respect
to the development of Thomas' philosophy, but to the intellectual
climate of his day."--The Wanderer"My first encounter with the
books of Fr. Elders was as a dissertation student, and I have tried
to keep up with his incredible scholarly output over the years.
Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors exhibits all his fine qualities
as scholar and writer in this fine translation: mainstream
interpretation of Aquinas, which avoids eccentricity, profound
knowledge of the Thomistic texts, exhaustive knowledge of the
scholarship, and, in this case, discerning judgment about which
'predecessors' to choose in light of the most recent scholarship.
My favorites are the chapters on Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, the
Liber de causis, Avicenna, and Averroes, which can introduce the
reader to a vibrant area of contemporary Thomist scholarship."--R.
E. Houser, Bishop Nold Professor of Philosophy, University of St.
Thomas."This book has a place next to Torrell's Saint Thomas
Aquinas as a basic resource necessary for every student of St.
Thomas. Father Elders reveals the richness of Aquinas's debts to
many of the greatest pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers
of the two millennia that preceded him. The book should become a
touchstone for all future Thomistic studies."--Matthew Levering,
James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein