Introduction to Thomas Aquinas

This course introduces the student to St. Thomas Aquinas—philosopher, theologian, sacred poet, and member of the Dominican order, a friar who sought his salvation as a priest under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, but who also possessed one of the greatest philosophical minds of history. The writings of St. Thomas have shaped Catholic thought since his death up to our own day.

The course includes: 

  • 6 1-hour video lectures
  • 12 written lessons, which expand on the video lectures
  • Extra reading and writing assignments (optional)
  • Unlimited access to the course

Introduction to Thomas Aquinas was recorded in 1995 as part of the International Catholic University Classics Collection. TCT Courses proudly has received the rights to offer this timeless course by Dr. Ralph McInerny to a wider audience.

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Ralph McInerny


Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) founded International Catholic University. He was a beloved professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he directed the Medieval Institute and the Jacques Maritain Center. Dr. McInerny was a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, a recipient of the Boucheron Lifetime Achievement Award, and a member of President Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He founded Crisis Magazine, Catholic Dossier, and hosted the Basics of Catholicism conference at Notre Dame for many years. A tireless writer, he published countless books on matters of faith and philosophy, as well as witty novels, including the well-known Father Dowling Mysteries and a more recent series of mysteries set at Notre Dame.