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Selected Writings on Ethics

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2017.12.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Duns Scotus, Selected Writings on Ethics, Thomas Williams (ed., tr.), Oxford University Press, 2017, 384pp, $35.00, ISBN 9780199673414. Reviewed by Bonnie Kent, University of California, Irvine This anthology by Thomas Williams testifies to his impressive skills, both as an editor and as a translator of Duns Scotus's notoriously troublesome Latin. The texts he includes, many of them never before translated into English, will probably not resolve the long-running dispute about the shape of Scotus's ethical theory as a whole. They should, however, give philosophical interpreters a somewhat clearer picture of his ethics. Philosophers normally judge a translation by consulting the original text to see how well the translator succeeded in capturing its meaning. The original text is fixed; only translations of it vary. Readers of Williams's anthology might be surprised, then, by how often he revises the. . .

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