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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Constantine to Pope Gregory I. The general opinion was that it was appropriately deferential to the Mother of Godbut it could not be seen how to resolve the problem that only with Christ ‘s death would the stain of original sin be removed.

Scotus argues that if Henry is right about the limitations of our natural powers, even divine illumination is not enough to save us from pervasive uncertainty.

The Franciscan Institute, Dun studied philosophy and then theology at Oxford beginning some time in the s. The study of the Aristotelian categories also dunz to metaphysics insofar as the categories, or the things falling under them, are studied as beings. Offers Latin texts, translations, scholarly ordlnatio, and other resources. In the first way ‘what something is’, both in material and in immaterial [things], is the same as that of which it is even primobecause primo it has the ‘what something is’.

Finally, he gives a definite answer of “yes” to the question of whether there exists an actually infinite being. And if division is taken strictly as it is into parts having a proportion to the whole, which either they constitute, or they are contained ordinstio it in determinate multitude or magnitude: One can see this more clearly by considering the two possible ways in which one might deny that the same concept is applied to both God and creatures.


The Franciscan Institute, — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Therefore, it is possible that some item possesses C without dependence on some prior item. Scotus gave the lecture, Lectura I 39, during — to refute the view that everything is necessary and immutable. Because God willed that there be an obligation to honor one’s parents, and he did not will that there be any such obligation toward one’s cousins.

Catholic University of America Press. If it is not possible for any item to possess C without dependence on some prior item, then it is not possible that there is any item that possesses Ordinattio without imperfection since dependence is a kind of imperfection. If a form is limited by matter, it is finite. Not to be confused with John Scotus Eriugena.

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This is not to say that he denies the immortality of the soul, of course, but that he does not think it can be proved by human reason unaided by revelation. His family name was Duns, which was also the name of the Scottish village in which he was born, just a few miles from the English border.

His sarcophagus bears the Latin inscription:.

For truly substance, according to some position [of Thomas Aquinas, Godfrey of Fontaines], does not of itself ordinatjo parts of the same ratioand yet it is not of itself non-having parts of the same ratio so that it is repugnant with it to have parts, because then it could not receive such parts formally through something advening to it.


And because the entity that the singular adds over and above scotud species is not quidditative being – I say prdinatio the whole quidditative dunx that is in the individual is the entity of the species, and therefore the species expresses the whole being of the individuals; but not thus does the genus express the whole being of the species, because the species adds quidditative entity.

If I say that an angel is better than a human being, I can’t mean that a human being has a certain number of goodness-bits while the angel has that many plus some extras. And from this follows the logical [doctrine] that the former [the specific nature] is essentially formal, the latter [the individuating entity] material’, for the latter constitutes in the ratio of subjectable and the former in the ratio of predicable precisely; but the formal predicate has the ratio of form, the subjectable has the ratio of matter.

John Duns Scotus

But how much before? Pope portal Vatican City portal Catholicism portal. Now he can’t deny that the will involves intellectual appetite.

God is not to be hated, no other gods are to be worshiped, no irreverence is to be done to him. Scotus’s point is simply that there must be some sensory context for any act of intellectual cognition. Scotus argued for a formal euns distinctio formalis a parte reiwhich holds between entities which are inseparable and indistinct in reality but whose definitions are not identical. So this possibility gets the test backwards: Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals.