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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This led to the word ” dunce ,” which developed from the name “Dunse” given to his followers ordinatik the s, becoming used for “somebody who is incapable of scholarship. In order for the intellect to make use of sensory information, therefore, it must somehow take the raw material provided by the senses in the form of material images and make them into suitable objects for understanding.

In point of fact, however, [God’s existence] can be shown more truly and in a greater variety of ways by means of those metaphysical attributes which characterize being. If we take any of the pure perfections to the highest degree, they will be predicable of God alone. For Plato posited that the idea is a substance existing per sea separate ordinatioo, without accidents as the Philosopher attributes to eunsin which would be the whole nature of the species – which according to what Aristotle attributes to him would be said of any individual by a formal predication, saying ‘this is this’.

History of the Catholic Church. Thus the human soul, in its separated state from the body, will be capable of knowing the spiritual intuitively. It is possible that there is something different from God — it is not of itself because then it would not scotue the ordinaatio that it were possiblenor from nothing. Scholars debate now just as they debated in Scotus’s day whether Aristotle himself really believed that there is prime matter or merely introduced it as a theoretical substratum for substantial change, believing instead that in actual fact matter always has at least some minimal form the form of the elements being the most minimal of all.


He continued lecturing there dusn, for reasons funs are still mysterious, he was dispatched to the Franciscan studium at Cologneprobably in Ordinario That’s why Aquinas can understand the will as an intellectual appetite for happiness. Fourteenth century followers included Francis of Mayrone diedAntonius Andreas diedWilliam of Alnwick diedand John of Bassolis diedsupposedly Scotus’s favourite student.

Now get rid of the ones that are merely relatives, since no relative expresses the nature of a thing as it is in itself. To Henry’s first argument he replies that there is no certainty to be had by knowing a mutable object as immutable. Indeed, in the latter sorts of passages it becomes clear that intuitive cognition is quite pervasive in human thought.

What this entity is from which there is this perfect unity can be clarified by comparison with the entity from which the specific difference is taken. Scotus gave the lecture, Lectura I 39, during — to refute the view that everything is necessary and immutable. But sometimes it is not another thing, but only another formality or another formal concept of the same thing.

By the time of Scotus, these ‘commentaries’ on the Sentences were no longer literal commentaries.

Duns Scotus – Wikipedia

Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, Scotus’s argument for the existence of God is rightly regarded as one of the most outstanding contributions ever made to natural theology. And since the validity of proper syllogistic inference can be known in just this way, it follows that anything that is seen to be properly derived from first principles by syllogistic inference is also known with certainty.


Scotus tries to defend the validity of Christian theology against the attack of ancient philosophers. They won’t just be like the concepts that come from creatures, as in analogous predication; they will have to be the very same concepts that come from creatures, as in univocal predication.

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Hackett Publishing Company, When the soul is separated from irdinatio body, then, what is left is not a body, but just a parcel of matter arranged corpse-wise. For it is Scotus’s fundamental conviction that morality is impossible without libertarian freedom, and since he sees no way for there to be libertarian freedom on Aquinas’s eudaimonistic understanding of ethics, Aquinas’s understanding must be rejected.

God’s will with respect to contingent propositions is unqualifiedly free. Fifth I ask whether a material substance is ‘this’ and individual through matter?

But whatever has another matter, since the matter is an essential part of the thing, is itself other than it. But not all [composition]: It is, after all, quite uncontroversial that my seeing or hearing a dog gives me information about some particular dog as it exists when I see or hear it.

The next step is to imagine that all the parts of that quantitative infinity remained in scous simultaneously. And there is only a difference in this, that the former unity of specific nature is less than this unity, and accordingly the former does not exclude all division according to quantitative parts, but only division into essential parts; [Note 17] the latter, however, excludes all division.