John Duns Scotus

[Revised entry by Thomas Williams on January 12, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] John Duns Scotus (1265/66 - 1308) was one of the most important and influential philosopher-theologians
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[Revised entry by Thomas Williams on January 12, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] John Duns Scotus (1265/66 - 1308) was one of the most important and influential philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages. His brilliantly complex and nuanced thought, which earned him the nickname "the Subtle Doctor," left a mark on discussions of such disparate topics as the semantics of religious language, the problem of universals, divine illumination, and the nature of human freedom. This essay first lays out what is known about Scotus's life and the dating...

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