In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Thomas Aquinas

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Philosophy Thomas Aquinas
Christina Van Dyke
  • LAST REVIEWED: 27 July 2016
  • LAST MODIFIED: 27 July 2016
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0307


Thomas Aquinas (b. 1224/5–d. 1274) is the single most influential philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. Although best known for his Summa theologiae and the five “proofs” for God’s existence that begin that work, Aquinas produced a staggering amount of written work over the course of his brief life, covering a wide variety of topics in a number of different genres. This bibliography provides an annotated list of all of his extant works, as well as highlights of English translations and the voluminous secondary literature (including both historical context and Thomism). For the best current overview of Thomas Aquinas’s life and work, see Jean-Pierre Torrell’s Saint Thomas Aquinas, Volume 1: The Person and His Work, translated by Robert Royal (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1996).

Primary Sources

Aquinas produced an incredible quantity of written work. What follows is a comprehensive list of those texts, organized by category, with generally accepted dates of composition following Torrell 1993 (cited under Personal and Intellectual Biographies). Within each category, works are listed in chronological order. All the works cited below are available online via the Corpus Thomisticum.

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