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The Franciscans

Thomas Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545971.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Franciscans

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This chapter analyses the Franciscans's views in ethics and moral psychology, beginning with an overview of the general characteristics of Franciscan moral thought in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. It then examines the views of John Duns Scotus (1265/66–1308) and William Ockham (c. 1288–1347) on three central matters of debate: the nature of the virtues, the relationship between intellect and will, and the relationship between moral requirements and the divine will.

Keywords: ethics; moral psychology; ethical theory; moral thought; John Duns Scotus; William Ockham; virtues; intellect; will; moral requirements

Article.  9286 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion

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