Scotus’ view of Justification

September 16, 2007

There’s an interesting post on Scotus’s doctrine of justification up at The Smithy.


Hats off to Japanese Scotists

June 19, 2007

There is a great online edition of the prologue of Scotus’s Ordinatio thanks to Shinsuke Kawazoe. Apparently he has even produced a Japanese translation! H/T to Cal Ledsham for the tip about this important text on the relation of philosophy and theology.


Henry of Ghent and John Duns Scotus on the Formal Distinction

March 31, 2007

I’m currently writing on Henry of Ghent and soon I’m going to start looking at Scotus’s interpretation of him, so I found the following quote very interesting:

“If I am not mistaken, the precise difference between Scotus and Henry boils down to this. If you grant their common scholastic assumption that our concepts and reality are somehow isomorphic, then the mere possibility of conceiving one property without the other requires some actual nonidentity or distinction of properties a parte rei logically prior to and as a condition for our thinking of one apart from the other. (Recall in this connection what Wittgenstein says in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 2.012-2.0121). One can of course deny the isomorphism as Ockham does, but if you concede it as Aquinas and henry do, it seems difficult to escape Scotus’s conclusion.”

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