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Aquinas – Learning in an overspecialized world

October 18, 2014

“[W]e have observed that beginners in this doctrine have been considerably hampered by what various authors have written. They have been hampered partly because of the multiplication of useless questions, articles, and arguments; partly, too, they have been hampered because those things that are needful for them to know are not taught according to the order of the subject matter, but rather according as the order of exposition in books demands, or according as the occasion for disputation arises; and partly they have been hampered because frequent repetition brought about weariness and confusion in the minds of readers.”

(from the beginning of the Summa Theologiae [1265-74])

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