Duns Scotus

Paperback | May 1, 1999

byRichard Cross

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This is an accessible introduction to the life and thought of John Duns Scotus (c. 1266--1308), the scholastic philosopher and theologian who came to be called the Subtle Doctor. A native of Scotland (as his name implies), Scotus became a Franciscan and taught in Oxford, Paris, and Cologne. Inhis writings he put Aristotelian thought to the service of Christian theology and was the founder of a school of scholasticism called Scotism, which was often opposed to the Thomism of the followers of Thomas Aquinas. In particular, Scotus is well known for his defense of contra-causal free will andlogical possibility and for his account of individuation in terms of "haecceity" or "thisness." Cross offers a clear introductory account of the most significant aspects of Scotus's theological thought. Theology is here construed broadly to include Scotus's philosophical investigation of God's existence and attributes. In addition to providing a clear, though not always uncritical, outline ofScotus's positions, Cross aims to show how Scotus's theories fit into modern debates, particularly contemporary debates in philosophical theology, and to point out Scotus's historical significance in the development of theology.

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This is an accessible introduction to the life and thought of John Duns Scotus (c. 1266--1308), the scholastic philosopher and theologian who came to be called the Subtle Doctor. A native of Scotland (as his name implies), Scotus became a Franciscan and taught in Oxford, Paris, and Cologne. Inhis writings he put Aristotelian thought to...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125533

ISBN - 13:9780195125535

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Table of Contents

1. Duns Scotus, philosophy, and theology2. God: existence, unicity, and simplicity3. God: perfection, infinity, and religious language4. God: knowledge and agency5. God the Trinity6. Humanity: body, soul, and immortality7. Humanity: freedom, ethics, and sin8. Humanity: predestination, merit, and grace9. Jesus: God and man10. Jesus: predestination and merit11. SacramentsAdditional notesBibliographyIndex locorumGeneral index

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"A broad, accessible introduction to the thought of John Duns Scotus that is both useful for the beginner and engaging to the specialist. . . . Cross succeeds in showing that Duns Scotus was a great thinker engaged in a wide variety of interesting ideas at a very high level of rationalinquiry. The book will also prove useful for the broad context that it provides for the standard excerpts and typical references that constitute the usual brush with Scotus in university studies. Finally, even the specialist will appreciate the invitation to review in a short compass the variety ofinfluential Scotistic doctrines that this short book manages to encircle."--Journal of Religion