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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And in the first way it is true that the distinct [things] are equally diverse as those distinguishing [entities] for the distinguishing [entities] cannot be incompossible without the distinct [things] also being incompossible. But as we have already seen in his affirmation of the existence of prime matter, Scotus simply denies the unqualified equation of matter with potentiality and form with actuality.
We should not make any distinction between whether a thing exists si est and what it is quid estfor we never know whether something exists, unless we have some concept of what we know to ordinatoo. Everything else in the Decalogue belongs to the natural law in a weaker or looser sense. Aquinas had said that all our concepts come from creatures.
But he is confident that even from such humble beginnings we can come to grasp God. Health care Schools Universities.
Here ratio is taken for quiddity, which is called form in respect of individual being. The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus.
John Duns Scotus
But these are all composite concepts; they all involve putting two quite different notions together: Since that universal, goodness, contains many different particular things, intellectual appetite has many different options.
He was known as “Doctor Subtilis” because of the subtle distinctions and scotud of his thinking. After Boniface died in October the king allowed the exiled students and masters to return, so Scotus could have returned in the late fall of to resume his lectures on the Sentences. But intellectual appetite is free because the intellect deals with universals, not particulars. In Metaphysics V in the old ordinztio [b ], ‘In the foundation of the nature nothing is distinct’.
Those are the only scotys we can have—the only concepts we can possibly ecotus. Retrieved 29 May 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 C without imperfection since dependence is a kind of imperfection. So like Aristotle, Aquinas holds a eudaimonistic theory of ethics: If there were a total explanation other than God’s will itself, those propositions wouldn’t be contingent at all.
For Plato posited that the idea is a substance existing per sea separate nature, without accidents as the Philosopher attributes to himin 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 sfotus is this’.
But those primo diversa are not the nature in this and the nature in that, because that by which some [things] agree formally is not the same as that by which they differ really, though the same [thing] can be distinct really and agreeing really: He argues, for example, that since the intellect engages in reasoning that makes reference to the actual existence of particular sensible objects, it must know that they exist.
Substances are beings in the most robust sense, since they have an independent existence: Scotus agrees with Thomas Aquinas that all our knowledge of God starts from creatures, and that as a result we can only prove the existence and nature of God by what the medievals call an argument quia reasoning from effect to causenot by an argument propter quid reasoning from essence to characteristic.
Prime matter, though entirely without form, is actual; and a purely immaterial being is not automatically bereft of potentiality. Rather, there is one intellect that has these two distinct functions or powers. And thus the nature of a most specific species is not of itself this, just as something divisible is not from its nature of itself this; yet it is not of itself not-this, so that it is of itself repugnant with it to be divided into many parts, because then it could not receive something through which formally such division would belong to it.
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John Duns Scotus
But the created exemplar is even more mutable than the soul. Why are there elephants but no unicorns?
Consider goodness as an example. Although the Paris lectures themselves were later than the Oxford lectures, it seems probable that parts of the Ordinatio —Book IV and perhaps also Book III—are later than the corresponding parts of the Reportatio.
But even the first three commandments, once we start looking at them, are not obviously part of the natural law in the strict sense. So besides being ordinaio next best thing to a simple concept, it’s the most theoretically fruitful concept we can have of God in this life.
It does include some material now known to be inauthentic, and it prints as Book 1 of the Reportatio what is actually the Additiones magnae compiled and edited by Scotus’s student and secretary, William csotus Alnwick. Indeed, the concept that is according to itself common to the species is the ratio of its divisibility into species, but it is sscotus the ratio of distinguishing the species from one another; but this species is distinguished from that one by the difference.