Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham

2014.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas M. Osborne Jr., Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, The Catholic University of America
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2014.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas M. Osborne Jr., Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, The Catholic University of America Press, 2014, 250pp., $59.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780813221786. Reviewed by Thomas Williams, University of South Florida This is an ambitious book. Covering the topic of human action in high medieval philosophy requires one to discuss a great variety of issues: mental causation, the powers of the soul and their interrelationship, the nature of freedom and moral responsibility, how practical reason guides action, and what makes actions good or bad. Looking at not just one, but three great thinkers of the period brings further difficulties: taking account of the vast and contentious scholarly literature on Thomas Aquinas, grappling with the disarray in which Scotus's texts have come down to us, and making something out of Ockham's relatively brief treatments of most of the principal. . .

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