John Duns Scotus: Introduction to His Fundamental Positions

John Duns Scotus: Introduction to His Fundamental Positions

by Etienne Gilson, James Colbert

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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 turn, 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.

This work has been translated from the original work in French Jean Duns Scot. Introduction à ses positions fondamentales (© 1952 by Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin).

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ISBN-13: 9780567678706
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2018
Series: Illuminating Modernity
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 632
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Étienne Gilson (1884-1978) was a French philosopher and historian of philosophy.

James Colbert is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Fitchburg State University, USA. He has published translations from French, Spanish, and Italian.
James Colbert is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Fitchburg State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface

Chapter 1: The Object of Metaphysics
Chapter 2: The Existence of Infinite Being
Chapter 3: The Divine Nature
Chapter 4: Origin of the Contingent
Chapter 5: Angels
Chapter 6: Matter
Chapter 7: The Human Soul
Chapter 8: Intellectual Knowledge
Chapter 9: The Will
Chapter 10: Duns Scotus and the Philosophers

A, Bibliographical Information
B, Biographical Information
C. Alphabetum Scoti

Afterword: The Dissolution of Divine Government: Gilson and the 'Scotus Story'

Index of Names
Index of Terms

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