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John Scottus Eriugena

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[Revised entry by Dermot Moran and Adrian Guiu on October 30, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Johannes (c.800 - c.877), who signed himself as "Eriugena" in one manuscript, and who was referred to by his contemporaries as "the Irishman" (scottus - in the ninth century Ireland was referred to as "Scotia Maior" and its inhabitants as "scotti") is the most significant Irish intellectual of the early monastic period. He is generally recognized to be both the most outstanding philosopher (in terms of originality)...

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