Blessed John Duns Scotus, Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Metaphysics, Philosophy, The Franciscans, Theology

Bl. John Duns Scotus on Metaphysics & Theology

scotus-on-metaphysics-and-theology-by-richard-cross“In fact, the two parts just described reflect two different disciplines: metaphysics and theology, respectively. According to Scotus, metaphysics is the discipline whose subject is being as being, and whose object or aim is to show that an infinite being (God) exists. Theology is the discipline whose subject is the God of revealed theology: specifically, God’s unique Trinitarian essence. Scotus believes that these two disciplines, while independent, compliment each other. A belief that it is possible to provide good arguments in favor of the Trinitarian God of revealed theology was widespread amongst the scholastic theologians…Not all agreed: for example, the most famous of the scholastics, Thomas Aquinas, argues that we cannot demonstrate God’s Trinitarian nature since demonstrations of God are a posteriori, and nothing about God’s causal role relative to the universe seems to require that he is a Trinity of persons. Scotus believes that arguments in favor of the Trinity do not count as Aristotelian demonstrations. But he believes them to have some persuasive force…”

– Richard Cross, Duns Scotus on God


– Lucas G. Westman


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