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The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Duns Scotus, Johannes

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One of the most celebrated of the scholastics of the 14th century, whether he was native of England, Scotland, or Ireland is uncertain; entered the Franciscan order, and from his acuteness got the name of "Doctor Subtilis"; lectured at Oxford to crowds of auditors, and also at Paris; was the contemporary of Thomas Aquinas, and the head of an opposing school of Scotists, as against Thomists, as they were called; whereas Aquinas "proclaimed the Understanding as principle, he proclaimed the Will, from whose spontaneous exercise he derived all morality; with this separation of theory from practice and thought from thing (which accompanied it) philosophy became divided from theology, reason from faith; reason took a position above faith, above authority (in modern philosophy), and the religious consciousness broke with the traditional dogma (at the Reformation)."

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Duns Scotus, Johannes'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/duns-scotus-johannes.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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