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:

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This chapter examines John Duns Scotus's ideas and thoughts about epistemology. It discusses the basic epistemological and methodological principle of parsimony, analyses Scotus's epistemological excursus in Lectura I and looks at its systematic background. The chapter explores the three kinds of certain knowledge mentioned in Scotus's Ordinatio I, which include knowledge of self-evident principles, experiential and inductive knowledge, and self-evident knowledge of human acts. It also explains Scotus's treatment of intuitive knowledge and memory.

Keywords: epistemology; John Duns Scotus; parsimony; epistemological excursus; Lectura I; Ordinatio I; self-evident principles; inductive knowledge; self-evident knowledge; intuitive knowledge

Chapter.  12865 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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