Aquinas: Poet and Contemplative

Jan 28, 2016
University of Chicago
5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
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Cosponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop and the Theology and Religious Ethics Workshop

“The well-known is what we have yet to learn.” T.S. Eliot

What do we know of the prayer-life of St Thomas Aquinas? This lecture will be directly concerned with this question, and the answer may well come as a surprise to many people. Aquinas is still today almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that he was also a master of the spiritual life and a very considerable poet, perhaps even the greatest Latin poet of the Middle Ages.