Marian Metaphysics

"This invocation may serve as the introduction and conclusion of this study: Mary is the Mother of Faith, and therefore the Magistra theologia par excellence, the model and guide and final support of all who study or teach about God. Without her love and active involvement in our lives, and a corresponding love and unconditional … Continue reading Marian Metaphysics

The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

This presentation of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is delivered by Dr. J. Isaac Goff, author of the incredible book, Caritas in Primo: A Study of Bonaventure's Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity. In this lecture Dr. Goff articulates the unity of this tradition and how the work of Saint Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus … Continue reading The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Discovering, studying, and finally entering into an intellectual tradition can be an exciting event when traveling the path toward truth. But sometimes even from within various traditions there can be divergent schools or sects which might compete for being the most faithful to the vision of its founder. This exists, for example, in the Thomistic Intellectual Tradition. … Continue reading The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Finding Your Catholic Voice

"Discovering St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus, the two great intellectual lights of the Lesser Brothers, early on in my theological and philosophical studies, I was immediately taken by the integrity, versatility, depth, width, breadth and beauty of the theologico-mystical vision outlined by these early intellectual and spiritual successors of the Poor Man from … Continue reading Finding Your Catholic Voice

Love Perfects, Knowledge Informs

Due to the fall of man and the inheritance of original sin our intellect is darkened and our will is disordered. Although the redemptive work of Christ enlightens our intellect and reorders our will toward the appropriate desire for God and to love him above all things, we still struggle with the “old self.” Through … Continue reading Love Perfects, Knowledge Informs

A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

The Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception was first successfully defended by the Franciscan friar, Bl. John Duns Scotus. He was able to maneuver his way through the intellectual deadlock surrounding this theological issue and paved the way for its eventual proclamation in 1854, by Pope Pius IX. This summary is taken from the book, … Continue reading A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – Bl. John Duns Scotus

“May the First Principle of things grant me to believe, to understand and to reveal what may please his majesty and may raise our minds to contemplate him. O Lord our God, true teacher that you are, when Moses your servant asked you for your name that he might proclaim it to the children of … Continue reading Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – Bl. John Duns Scotus

Bl. John Duns Scotus & the Metaphysical Primacy of Being

“Being is the first and most basic object of intellection. Avicenna’s discussion of the primacy of being in his Metaphysics was the foundation for most thirteenth century speculation on Aristotelian insights as they relate to the question of knowledge and its relationship to reality. Although it is the most basic and most general of all … Continue reading Bl. John Duns Scotus & the Metaphysical Primacy of Being

God is to be Loved

“…Scotus identifies three levels of certain knowledge: first principles, scientific understanding based upon observation and experience, and immediate internal self-awareness. Likewise, knowledge of practical matters falls into three categories: first practical principles, the domain of moral science, and the deliberative judgment about a concrete matter of choice. The first principle of praxis, “Do good, avoid … Continue reading God is to be Loved

Scotistic Essentialism & the Univocity of Being

- Scotistic Essentialism and the Univocity of Being – “Duns Scotus is what philosophers today would call a moderate realist – he believes that human concepts have real existence. Just as a road map relates to the road by a one to one correspondence, so too, there are links between our concepts and the world … Continue reading Scotistic Essentialism & the Univocity of Being