Scotus against Henry

JT Paasch

in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646371
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739293 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Scotus against Henry

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Scotus entirely rejects Henry of Ghent’s theory of powers in the Godhead. For Scotus, the divine essence needs no “determination” to serve as the source of power for some activity. On the contrary, the divine essence is entirely determined in and of itself to serve as the source of power for all divine activities. Scotus further argues that the relationships are naturally posterior to the things they relate, so they cannot constitute powers in any way. Nevertheless, Scotus agrees that certain relationships are required for divine production, for the personal properties are required to distinguish the producer from the product in any instance of divine production. But that only makes those relationships part of the required circumstances; it does not make those relationships constitutive of the powers in question.

Keywords: Henry of Ghent; John Duns Scotus; power; action; basis; circumstances; relationships; divine essence; natural priority; Trinity

Chapter.  6472 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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