Two critical text revolutions

Antonie Vos

in The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652372 | DOI:
Two critical text revolutions

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This chapter focuses on the complicated nature of the legacy of John Duns Scotus's works, explaining that Scotus's death in 1308 left many of his books unfinished. It discusses the efforts of Scotus's friends to ensure that his unfinished legacy would survive, particularly his Ordinatio and Lectura, and highlights the discovery that some of the older editions of his works were not authentic. The chapter describes the second revolution in textual criticism concerning the authentic works and outlines the tragic paradoxes connected with the tensions of the 1930s in relation to the question concerning the authenticity of works attributed to Scotus.

Keywords: John Duns Scotus; legacy; Ordinatio; Lectura; textual criticism; authenticity

Chapter.  18002 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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