Duns Scotus on God
The Franciscan John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) is the philosopher's theologian par excellence: more than any of his contemporaries, he is interested in arguments for their own sake. Making use of the tools of modern philosophy, Richard Cross presents a thorough account of Duns Scotus's arguments on God and the Trinity. Providing extensive commentary on central passages from Scotus, many of which are presented in translation in this book, Cross offers clear expositions of Scotus's sometimes elliptical writing. Cross's account shows that, in addition to being a philosopher of note, Scotus is a creative and original theologian who offers new insights into many old problems.
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Theories of Causation
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abstraction according to Scotus actual Alluntis and Wolter Aquinas Aquinas's Aristotelian Aristotle Avicenna basic beatific causal power cause chapter cognitive common nature communicable concepts conclusion contingent cosmological argument creatures discussion distinguished divine essence divine person divine simplicity Duns Scotus e.g. Scotus effect end term entails entity essential acts essentially ordered example explain extramental Father filioque formally distinct God's knowledge haecceity Henry of Ghent Henry's Holy Spirit Ibid identity imperfection incommunicable incompatible individual infinite infinity instantiated intellect intrinsic John Duns Scotus kind logical medieval merely metaphysical modal necessarily necessary existence notional acts numerically object perichoresis personal property possession possible premiss prior productive principle pure perfection quiddity Quod reason relevant requires Scotus believes Scotus holds Scotus's account Scotus's argument Scotus's claim sense simply somehow sort St Bonaventure subsistent substance sufficient suppose supposita suppositum theologians theology theory things Trinitarian Trinity uncausable understanding Vatican Wadding