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Duns Scotus

This is an accessible introduction to the life and thought of John Duns Scotus (c. 1266--1308), the scholastic philosopher and theologian who came to be called the Subtle Doctor. A native of Scotland (as his name implies), Scotus became a Franciscan and taught in Oxford, Paris, and Cologne. In
his writings he put Aristotelian thought to the service of Christian theology and was the founder of a school of scholasticism called Scotism, which was often opposed to the Thomism of the followers of Thomas Aquinas. In particular, Scotus is well known for his defense of contra-causal free will and
logical possibility and for his account of individuation in terms of "haecceity" or "thisness."

Cross offers a clear introductory account of the most significant aspects of Scotus's theological thought. Theology is here construed broadly to include Scotus's philosophical investigation of God's existence and attributes. In addition to providing a clear, though not always uncritical, outline of
Scotus's positions, Cross aims to show how Scotus's theories fit into modern debates, particularly contemporary debates in philosophical theology, and to point out Scotus's historical significance in the development of theology.
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in a few pages Cross manages to cover many different and difficult issues. This is indeed a great merit ... Cross's analytical skilfulness is always rewarding. * Giorgio Pini, Religious Studies, Vol. 37 * This little book is not easy reading, but is definitely worth the effort. Cross is to be thanked especially because he does not conceal the difficulty of the subject, and infects the reader with the desire to study Scotus's work directly, which is indeed the mark of a successful introduction. * Giorgio Pini, Religious Studies, Vol. 37 * particularly welcome, as it is the first comprehensive treatment of Duns Scotus's theology in English ... This little book is a remarkabel achievement. * Giorgio Pini, Religious Studies, Vol. 37 *

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