Georgetown University's 175th anniversary celebrated last year was marked appropriately by sponsorship of a series of lectures, conferences and symposia on key issues of these times. This is the first volume -- in what is to be called the Wisdom and Discovery series -- which developed out of the addresses and deliberations connected with the anniversary observance. The Spirit of Thomism is an suspicious beginning. The famed champion of medieval philosophy, Dr. Etienne Gilson, here offers clear, precise and careful distinctions for review of his peers as he defines the spirit of Thomism, the animating principle of the whole doctrine of St. Thomas. The author's life-long study of the subject is manifest in his capacity of clarify meaning. Professionals particularly will appreciate this synthesis for its concise presentation of the fruit of a master's personal involvement with a field in question today. The extensive notes provide opportunities to elaboration which will be useful to those most seriously concerned. Dr. Gilson's case for a living Thomism geared to our times is forceful and convincing. It deserves to be heard in academic circles, at least.