Duns Scotus: The Basic Principles of His Philosophy

Duns Scotus: The Basic Principles of His Philosophy

Duns Scotus: The Basic Principles of His Philosophy

Duns Scotus: The Basic Principles of His Philosophy

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NEED HAS LONG BEEN FELT for a concise and simple exposition of Duns Scotus' philosophical thought, in which the basic principles of his system would be presented against their doctrinal background, and the characteristic features of his speculation would be properly illustrated from the viewpoint of his new and original philosophical synthesis.

Father Efrem Bettoni, professor of philosophy at Sacred Heart University in Milan, and a recognized authority in the field of Scotistic studies, has successfully answered this need. His investigation of Duns Scotus' thought, which appears now for the first time in English translation, is an excellent study of the Scotistic system. In it clarity of exposition is matched by deep and penetrating analysis. One could hardly ask for a better presentation of the philosophy of Duns Scotus in a work of the proportions of the present one.

In undertaking the translation of Father Bettoni's work, I have had two main purposes in mind. First, to provide the English-speaking student of philosophy with a subsidiary work for a deeper knowledge of Duns Scotus' thought, which the ordinary textbooks usually present in a very superficial and inadequate way; second, to foster the study of one of the greatest figures of scholastic philosophy. Duns Scotus well deserves the title of Doctor Subtilis, not only because of his exact and penetrating distinctions, but most of all because of the power of his mind and the depth of his doctrine.

In certain respects the present translation can be considered an improvement upon the original Italian text. The chapters on the life and works of Duns Scotus have been revised and brought up to date in the light of recent studies and discoveries. Each chapter has been divided into sections, and occasionally the sections have been divided into paragraphs. All the references have been carefully checked against Scotus' original . . .

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