John Duns Scotus: Introduction to his fundamental Positions

John Duns Scotus: Introduction to his fundamental Positions


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Étienne Gilson's Jean Duns Scot: Introduction À Ses Positions Fondamentales is widely understood to be one of the most important works on John Duns Scotus' texts, famous for their complexity. James Colbert's translation is the first time that Gilson's work on Scotus has been put into English, with an introduction by Trent Pomplun and an afterword by John Millbank.

Scotus contributed to the development of a metaphysical system that was compatible with Christian doctrine, an epistemology that altered the 13th century understanding of human knowledge, and a theology that stressed both divine and human will. Gilson, in turban, offers a thoroughly comprehensive introduction to the fundamental positions that Scotus stood for. Explaining Scotus's views on metaphysics, the existence of infinite being and divine nature, the matter of the physical spiritual and angelic, intellectual knowledge and will and Scotus' relationship with other scholars, Gilson and Colbert show how deeply Scotus left a mark on discussions of such disparate topics as the semantics of religious language, the problem of universals, divine illumination, and the nature of human freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567678683
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/27/2018
Series: Illuminating Modernity
Pages: 632
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

James Colbertis an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Fitchburg State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Object of Metaphysics
A. Limits of Metaphysics
B. Theology and Metaphysics.
C. Common Being
Chapter 2
The Existence of Infinite Being
A. The Non-Evidence of God's Existence
B. The First Cause
C. The Last End
D. Infinite Being a. Preamble to the Proof b. The Use of Efficiency c. The Ways of Intellect, Will, and Eminence
E. Unicity of Infinite Being
F. Nature and Scope of the Proofs
Chapter 3
The Divine Nature
A. Plurality of divine Names
B. Simplicity of the Divine Essence
C. Distinction of Divine Attributes
D. Divine Immutability
Chapter 4
Origin of the Contingent
A. The Divine Ideas
B. The Possible and the Contingent
C. Choice of Contingents
D. Creation of Contingents
E. Production of Being
F. Divine Omnipotence
G, Omnipresence and Providence
Chapter 5
A, Angelic Nature
B. Angels and Duration
C. Angels and Place
D. Angels and Movement
E. Angels and Intellection
Chapter 6
A. The Being of Matter
B. Matter and Individuation a. Is Matter Naturally Individual?
b. Is Matter Individual by a Positive Intrinsic Constituent?
c. Individuation by Existence d. Individuation by Quantity e. The Principle of Individuation
C. Unity of the Concrete
Chapter 7
The Human Soul
A. Origin and Immortality of the Soul
B. The Soul and the Form of Corporeality
C. Soul and Faculties
Chapter 8
Intellectual Knowledge
A. Intellect and Intelligible Species
B. The Cause of Intellection
C. Knowledge of the Singular
D. Knowledge and Divine Illumination
Chapter 9
The Will
A. The Cause of the Will
B. The Term of the Voluntary Act
C. Will and Morality
Chapter 10
Duns Scotus and the Philosophers
A, Bibliography
B, Biography
C. Scotus Alphabet
Index of Names
Index of Terms

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