John Duns Scotus: On being and cognition: Ordinatio 1.3, Edited and Translated by John van den Bercken

Fordham University Press, New York, NY, 2016, ix and 298 pp, $65.00 (hbk)
  • Eric W. HagedornEmail author
Book Review

John Duns Scotus (c. 1265–1308) was among the most innovative and most influential Christian philosopher-theologians of the later Middle Ages. Among theologians he is perhaps best known for his defense of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and his view that there are some univocal predications between God and creatures; among philosophers, he is better known for his positions on the nature of metaphysical possibility, the freedom of the will, and the problem of individuation. His influence on both his immediate contemporaries and on successive generations has been profound. Despite this fame (or, in some circles, notoriety), until very recently only a small portion of Scotus’s work had been readily available in English translation. This lacuna has begun to be remedied over the last 30 years or so, greatly aided by the ongoing effort to assemble critical editions of his philosophical and theological writings. In this recent addition to the growing collection of new translations, John...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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