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(p. 533) Chronological List of Aquinas's Writings

(p. 533) Chronological List of Aquinas's Writings

Works sometimes ascribed to Aquinas may well be texts of which he was not the author in any sense. What follows is a list of Aquinas's writings with respect to which there is not too much scholarly controversy concerning their authenticity. They are cited by the Latin titles commonly used for them, together with English translations of these. But note that we cannot always be sure of the titles that Aquinas gave to his writings (notably, in the case of the Summa theologiae and the Summa contra Gentiles). Within each category below, works are cited in roughly chronological order of composition, though in some cases this order is uncertain. For detailed discussions concerning the dating of Aquinas's writings, see Jean-Pierre Torrell, Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Person and His Work (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press of America, 1996).

General Theological Treatises

Scriptum super libros Sententiarum (Comentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard: c.1252–1257).

Summa contra Gentiles, sometimes referred to as Summa contra Gentes (Summary against the Pagans [sc. people neither Jewish or Christian]: c.1259–1265).

Summa theologiae, sometimes referred to as Summa theologica (Summary of Theology: c.1265–1273).

Compendium theologiae (Compendium of Theology: c.1265–1273).

Disputed Questions

Quaestiones disputatae De veritate (Disputed Questions on Truth: c.1256–1259).

Quaestiones disputatae De potentia (Disputed Questions on the Power [of God]: c. 1265–1266).

Quaestio disputata De anima (Disputed Question on the Soul: c.1265–1266).

Quaestio disputata De spiritualibus creaturis (Disputed Question on Spiritual Creatures: c.1267–1268).

Questiones disputatae De Malo (Disputed Questions on Evil: c.1266–1270).

Quaestiones disputatae De virtutibus (Disputed Questions on the Virtues: c.1271–1272).

Quaestio disputata De unione verbi incarnati (Disputed Question on the Union of the Incarnate Word: c. 1271–1272).

(p. 534) Quaestiones de quodlibet I–XII (Quodlibetal Questions I–XII [concerning a very large range of topics]: c.1252–1256 and c.1268–1272).

Biblical Commentaries

Expositio super Isaiam ad litteram (Commentary on Isaiah: c.1248–1254).

Super Ieremiam et Threnos (Commentaries on Jeremiah and Lamentations: c.1248–1252).

Expositio super Job ad litteram (Commentary on Job/Literal Exposition on Job: c.1261–1265).

Catena aurea (The Golden Chain: c.1262–1264 [commentary on the Gospels drawing on quotations from the Church Fathers]).

Lectura super Matthaeum (Commentary on Matthew: c.1269–1270).

Lectura super Ioannem (Commentary on John: c.1270–1272).

Expositio et Lectura super Epistolas Pauli Apostoli (Commentaties on the Letters of St. Paul: dating very difficult to establish, possibly 1265–1273).

Postilla super Psalmos (Commentary on the Psalms: c.1273).

Commentaries on Aristotle

Sententia Libri De anima (Commentary on Aristotle's On the Soul: 1267–1268).

Sententia Libri De Sensu et sensato (Commentary on Aristotle's On Sense [and On Memory]: c.1268–1269).

Sententia super Physicam (Commentary on Aristotle's Physics: c.1268–1269).

Sententia super Meteora (Commentary on Aristotle's Meteorology: c.1268–1270).

Sententia Libri Politicorum (Commentary on Aristotle's Politics: c. 1269–1272).

Expositio Libri Peri hermeneias (Commentary on Aristotle's On Interpretation [De Interpretatione]: c.1270–1271).

Expositio Libri Posteriorum (Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics: c. 1270–1272).

Sententia Libri Ethicorum (Commentary on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics: 1271–1272).

Sententia super Metaphysicam (Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics: c.1270–1272).

Sententia super librum De caelo et mundo (Commentary on Aristotle's On the Heavens: c. 1272–1273).

Sententia super libros De generatione et corruptione (Commentary on Aristotle's On Generation and Corruption: c.1272–1273).

Other Commentaries

Expositio super librum Boethii De trinitate (Commentary on Boethius's De Trinitate: c.1257–1259).

Expositio in librum Boethii De hebdomadibus (Commentary on Boethius's Hebdomads [actually, Boethius's third theological tractate]: c. 1257–1259).

(p. 535) Expositio super Dionysium De divinis nominibus (Commentary on [Pseudo-] Dionysius's The Divine Names: c.1261–1268).

Expositio super librum De causis (Commentary on the Book of Causes: c.1272).

Polemical Writings

Contra impugnantes Dei cultum et religionem (Against those who Impugn the Cult of God and Religion: 1256).

De perfectione spiritualis vitae (On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life: 1269–1270).

De unitate intellectus contra Averroistas (On the Unicity of the Intellect Against the Averroists: 1270).

Contra doctrinam retrahentium a religione homines a religionis ingressu [commonly referred to as Contra retrahentes] (Against the teachings of those who prevent men entering the religious life: 1271).

De aeterntate mundi (On the Eternity of the World: c.1271).

Treatises and Other Works on Assorted Topics

De ente et essentia (On Being and Essence: c.1252–1256).

De principiis naturae (On the Principles of Nature: c.1252–1256, possibly earlier).

De regno ad regem Cypri (On Kingship, to the King of Cyprus: c.1267).

De substantiis separatis (On Separate Substances: c. 1271).

Contra errores Graecorum (Against the Errors of the Greeks: c.1263–1264).

De mixtione elementorum (On the Mixture of Elements: c.1270).

Liturgical and Related Works

Collationes in decem praecepta (Homilies on the Ten Commandments: c.1261–1273).

Officium de festo Corporis Christi (Office for the Feast of Corpus Christi: c.1264).

Hymn Adoro Te (commonly referred to by its Latin title: date unknown).

Collationes in orationem dominicam, in Symbolorum Apostolorum, in salutatem angelicam (Homilies on the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles's Creed, and the Angelic Greeting: c.1268–1273). (p. 536)