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John Duns Scotus (/66–) was one of the most important and The Ordinatio, which Scotus seems to have been revising up to his. John Duns, commonly called Duns Scotus is generally considered to be one of the three most . The standard version is the Ordinatio (also known as the Opus oxoniense), a revised version of lectures he gave as a bachelor at Oxford. Marenbon, J. (). Duns Scotus, Ordinatio, Prologue, part 1, qu. unica. [Other].

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Scotus rejected the distinction. Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, — However, the ‘what-something’ is what the thing primo is, and therefore what the ‘what something is’ belongs to per se is the same as it per sewhat [it belongs to] per accidens is the same as it per accidens and is therefore not simply the same and thus he maintains in ch.

Scotus agrees with Thomas Aquinas that all our knowledge of God starts from creatures, and that as a result we can only prove the existence and nature of God by what the medievals call an argument quia reasoning from effect to causenot by an argument propter quid reasoning from essence to characteristic. Consider goodness as an example. Better yet, we can describe God more completely by taking all the pure perfections in the highest degree and attributing them all to him.

Scotus elaborates a distinct view on hylomorphismwith three important strong theses that differentiate him.

The story goes like this. But Scotus thinks we can have a positive conception of infinity, according to which infinity is not a negative, relational property, but instead a positive, intrinsic property.

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For Aquinas intellectual appetite is the same thing as will, whereas for Scotus intellectual appetite is only part of what the will is. The feast day svotus existed in the East though in the East, the feast is just of the Conception of Mary since the seventh century and had been introduced in several dioceses in the West as well, even though the philosophical basis was lacking.


First is that he begs the question in assuming a first in the series. Moreover, they argued, if the only thing responsible for informing the matter of a svotus being is the soul, it would seem that what used to be the body should immediately dissipate when a person dies. But one can’t fully understand what the affectio iustitiae is until Aquinas and Scotus are compared on a further point.

Latin Church Eastern Catholic Churches: The question-commentaries on Porphyry’s Isagoge and Aristotle’s Categories vol. Duns Scotus was given the scholastic accolade Doctor Subtilis Subtle Doctor for his penetrating and subtle manner of thought.

At the time, there was a great deal of argument about the subject.

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Scotus’s basic answer is that they are the commandments of the first tablet of the Decalogue Ten Commandments. The ascending series will either continue infinitely or we finally reach something which has nothing prior to it. An English translation and preliminary Latin edition through distinction More can and should be said about this fascinating argument, but we ordinwtio it to the reader to search dnus more of the argument.

A history of Franciscan education c.

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God’s will with respect to contingent propositions is unqualifiedly free. Cambridge University Press,p. We do not know the precise date of his birth, but we do know that Scotus was ordained to the priesthood in the Order of Friars Minor—the Franciscans—at Saint Andrew’s Priory in Northampton, England, on 17 March Therefore, “Something — different from God — is possible” is necessary, because being is divided into the contingent and the dun.

God is supposed to be a subsistent simple, but because our language is all derived from creatures, which are all either subsistent but complex or simple but non-subsistent, we don’t have any way to apply our language straightforwardly to God. Therefore it seems that matter lies outside the ratio [Note 2] of the quiddity, and of anything that has the quiddity primo[Note 3] and thus, since it is something among beings, it seems to be part of the individual, or the individuation of the whole; whatever is in the individual that is altogether repugnant with the ratio of the quiddity can be posited as the first ratio of individuation; therefore etc.


Fifth I ask whether a material substance is ‘this’ and individual through matter? In the first way the individual is not composite with respect to the specific nature, because it adds [to the specific nature] no reality because neither matter nor form nor composite, as the argument [in ] proceeds.

And how can there be certain knowledge apart from some immutable basis for that knowledge? Offers Latin texts, translations, scohus papers, and other resources. For example, the personal properties of the Trinity are formally distinct from the Divine dums.

To Scotus and many of his fellow Franciscans it seemed obvious that the corpse of a person is the very same body that existed before death. Because according to the Philosopher in Metaphysics V, chapter ‘On One’ [ b], ‘One in number are those of which the matter is one’; therefore etc.

But as we have already seen in his affirmation of the existence of prime matter, Scotus simply denies the unqualified equation of matter with potentiality and form with actuality.

So by Henry’s argument it would be impossible for anything whatever to preserve the soul from error. God could have brought it about 1 that she was never in original sin, 2 she was in sin only for an instant, 3 she was in sin for a period of time, being purged at the last instant.

Instead, Peter Lombard ‘s original text was used as a starting point for highly original discussions on topics of theological or philosophical interest. The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus. So if we can’t use the concepts we get from creatures, we can’t use any concepts at all, and so we can’t talk about God—which is false.

Scotus argues that God wills with one single volition unica volitione whatever he wills. Scotus studied philosophy and then theology at Oxford beginning some time in the s.