"as astonishing as it appears to our modern minds, Thomas sets up no opposition between metaphysics and history. In him the two aspects are intimately bound up together: he has an historical view of man because he has a properly metaphysical understanding of him."
Jean-Pierre Torrell, "Saint Thomas et l'histoire: état de la question et pistes de recherches," Nouvelles recherches thomasiennes, Bibliotheque thomiste 61, ed. L.-J. Bataillon, O.P, and A. Oliva, O.P. (Paris: Librairie philosophique J. Vrin, 2008), 144 (131-175) =Revue thomiste 105 (2005): 355-409.