Historical dilemmas concerning Duns Scotus’ thought

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:
Historical dilemmas concerning Duns Scotus’ thought

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This chapter examines the historical dilemmas concerning John Duns Scotus's philosophy and the dilemma of the earliest modern studies in medieval philosophy, which did not acknowledge the phenomenon of medieval philosophy. It discusses the emergence of the so-called historiens croyants, and analyses the relevant views and works of Étienne Henri Gilson and Lambertus Marie de Rijk. The chapter argues that Scotus's work can be considered as the culmination point of a general development in the specific new semantic and logical key of synchronic contingency, which is not the driving force or central inspiration of his work, but the tool the whole of the Christian faith is asking for.

Keywords: John Duns Scotus; medieval philosophy; historical dilemmas; historiens croyant; Étienne Henri Gilson; Marie de Rijk; synchronic contingency; Christian faith

Chapter.  13574 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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