By Richard Cross

This is often an obtainable advent to the existence and considered John Duns Scotus (c. 1266--1308), the scholastic thinker and theologian who got here to be known as the sophisticated health professional. a local of Scotland (as his identify implies), Scotus turned a Franciscan and taught in Oxford, Paris, and Cologne. In his writings he positioned Aristotelian proposal to the carrier of Christian theology and used to be the founding father of a faculty of scholasticism known as Scotism, which was once frequently against the Thomism of the fans of Thomas Aquinas. specifically, Scotus is widely known for his safety of contra-causal loose will and logical danger and for his account of individuation when it comes to "haecceity" or "thisness."

Cross bargains a transparent introductory account of the main major elements of Scotus's theological idea. Theology is the following construed largely to incorporate Scotus's philosophical research of God's lifestyles and attributes. as well as delivering a transparent, notwithstanding no longer constantly uncritical, define of Scotus's positions, go goals to teach how Scotus's theories healthy into smooth debates, rather modern debates in philosophical theology, and to show Scotus's ancient importance within the improvement of theology.

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