Bl. John Duns Scotus

Bl. John Duns Scotus

b. 1266 -- d. 1308 A. D.

DOCTOR SUBTILIS

THEOLOGIAN OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
FOUNDER OF THE SCOTISTIC SCHOOL OF SCHOLASTIC THEOLOGY
FRIAR MINOR
MASTER OF OXFORD, PARIS & COLOGNE

This page contains links to the life and writings of Bl. John Duns Scotus, and is updated regularly.

 

 


Biographies      Articles      Writings


 

 

Biographies & Web Resources

The Duns Scotus Research Group:  links to scholars world wide who have published papers on Scotus

The International Scotistic Commission:  a group of scholars working to prepare the critical edition of Scotus’ works

Dr. Thomas William’s Page on Duns Scotus

Bl. John Duns Scotus, c/o CE

The Life of Bl. John Duns Scotus, c/o EWTN Online Library copy of FFI Website Article

Bl. John Duns Scotus, the Famous Franciscan Theologian: biography and Latin texts, by. Dr. Thomas Williams, c/o Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

John de Duns, a biography c/o electricscotland.com

John Duns Scotus, c/o Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia

John Duns Scotus, a very brief biography from the Columbia Encyclopedia 2001 Online Edition.

 

Articles

Scotus and Scotism, by Parthenius Minges c/o the Jacque Maritain Center

El primado Universal de Cristo, by Francisco Javer Pancheri (in Spanish), discusses the teaching of Scotus and other theologians who follow his thesis concerning the Universal Primacy of Christ, (BEBF)

Immaculate Conception:  Medieval Controversy up to the death of Scotus, by Fr. Carol Balik

Reason and Faith for St. Thomas Aquinas and Bl. John Duns Scotus , by Sule Elkatip

Doctrine de l'analogie de l'être chez saint Thomas d'Aquin : thesis of Bernard Montagnes (1962), discusses Thomistic and Scotistic theories c/o tradere.org 

A Most Methodical Lover?: On Scotus's Arbitrary Creator, by Dr. Thomas Williams reprinted from Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (2000): 169-202.

Duns Scotus on Singular Essences, by Dr. Peter King, in Medioevo XXX (2005), 111-137., PDF

Duns Scotus on Mental Content, by Dr. Peter King, Duns Scot à Paris, 1302-2002 (Actes du colloque de Paris, 2-4 septembre 2002), eds. O. Boulnois, E. Karger, J-L Solère, G. Sondag, Collection Textes et Etudes du Moyen Age no.26, Brepols 2004, 65-88. PDF

Duns Scotus on Possibilities, Powers, and the Possible, by Dr. Peter King, in Potentialität und Possibilität: Modalaussagen in der Geschichte der Metaphysik, eds. Thomas Buchheim, C. H. Kneepkens, and Kuno Lorenz. Fromann-Holzboog: Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt 2001, 175-199. PDF

Duns Scotus's Metaphysics, by Dr. Peter King,  in The Cambridge Companion to John Duns Scotus, edited by Thomas Williams, Cambridge University Press 2003, 15-68. PDF

Duns Scotus on the Reality of Self-Change, in Self-Motion From Aristotle to Newton, edited by Mary-Louise Gill and Jim Lennox, Princeton University Press 1994, 227-290. PDF

Duns Scotus on the Common Nature and the Individual Differentia, by Dr. Peter King, in Philosophical Topics 20 (1992), 50-76. PDF

Writings

De Primo Principio
or A TREATISE ON GOD AS FIRST PRINCIPLE
by Bl. John Duns Scotus

This work of Bl. Scotus is an incisive philosophical examination of causality, and provides ample philosophic demonstration of the errors of Spencerian evolution. It is a must reading for all Catholic philosophers, theologians, and seminarians.

 

English Text c/o EWTN Library

Latin: PDF c/o Gallica.

Questiones subtilissime Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis [Document électronique] ; Ejusdem de primo rerum principio tractatus ; Atque theoremata / [Mauritius Hibernicus edidit], de l'éd. de, Venetiis : per Bonetum Locatellum, 1497

Latin:  HTML c/o Università di Bologna

I. DUNS SCOTI, Tractatus de Primo Principio, Freiburg i Br., 1941

Italiano:  HTML c/o Università di Bologna

Il primo principio degli esseri, traduzione e commento di Pietro Scapin, Padova, Liviana, 1973

Italiano & Latino insieme, con commenti:  HTML c/o Università di Bologna

 

On the Fittingness of the Immaculate Conception

                        Short Excerpts in English: HTML c/o Immaculate Mediatrix.org

 

Quaestiones subtissimmae in metaphysicam Aristotelis
by Bl. John Duns Scotus

Latin: PDF c/o Gallica ; TXT c/o University of Toronto (uncertain edition) [1.5 Mb]

Questiones subtilissime Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis ; Ejusdem de primo rerum principio tractatus ; Atque theoremata. Mauritius Hibernicus ed.; ed. de Venetiis: per Bonetum Locatellum, 1497; 131 f.

 

In XII libros metaphysicorum Aristotelis
by Bl. John Duns Scotus

Latin: PDF c/o Gallica

cum summariis, notis et scholiis R. P. F. Hugonis Cavelli, cum annotationibus R. P. F.Mauritii de Portu; ed. de Lyon: L. Durand, 1639;495 p.

 

In universam Aristotelis logicam exactissimae quaestiones

Latin PDF c/o Gallica

quibus singulis perutiles quaedam adjectae sunt dubitationes cum earum solutionibus, nec non & tractatus de secundis intentionibus / nuper à Fratre Constantio Sarnano,... in studiosorum gratiam editus... de l'éd. de, Venetiis : apud Franciscum Franciscium Senensem, 1586; Boccadifuoco, Costanzo (1531-1595). Éditeur scientifique

 

Quaestiones in Librum Porphyrii in Isogoge

Latin: TXT c/o University of Toronto  [212 K]
 
Text from B.Iohannis Duns Scoti opera philosophica I, eds. Andrews, Etzkorn, Gal, Green, Noone, Wood. The Franciscan Institute, 1999.

 

Quaestiones in Praedicamenta Aristotelis

Latin: TXT  c/o University of Torontoedition uncertain [374 K]

 

Quaestiones super universalia Porphyrii
by Bl. John Duns Scotus

Latin: PDF c/o Gallica

necnon Aristotelis predicamenta; ac peryamenias. Mauritius de Portu Ibernicus, ed.; ed. de Venetiis: per Simonem de Luë, 1500; 144 f.

Latin: PDF c/o Gallica

ed. de [S.1.]: [1479]; 87 f.

English:  HTML clo Dr. Thomas Williams, c/o Notre Dame University [HTML]

 

Questions concerning the science of logic (qq. 1-3)
Questions concerning the universal (qq. 4-12)
A question concerning place (q. 13)
Questions concerning genus (qq. 14-20)
Questions concerning species (qq. 21-22)

 

 

Oxford Lectures on the Four Books of Sentences

by Bl. John Duns Scotus

 

Bk. I  Distinctions. 42-44, Translated by Dr. Thomas Williams, c/o Notre Dame University [HTML]

 

Dist. 42, Q. Sole: Can the omnipotence of the first efficient cause be demonstrated by natural reason?

Dist. 43, Q. Sole: Does the fact that it is impossible for something to be made arise first from the impossibility of the makeable thing or from something on the part of God as Maker?

Distinction 44, Q. Sole: Can God produce things otherwise than as he foreordained?

 

Book III, Dist. VII, Q. 3: Whether Christ was predestined to be Son of God. c/o (BEBF) [in Latin]

 

Also included at the above link are the following questions:

 

Book III, Dist. III, Q. I : Whether the Blessed Virgin was conceived in Original Sin?

Book III, Dist. IV, Q. Sole.: Whether the Blessed Virgin was truly Mother of God and Man?

Book III, Dist. VIII, Q. Sole.: Whether there are in Christ two real filiations?

Book IV, Dist. XXX, Q. 2: Whether between the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph there was true matrimony?

19 Quotes on the Blessed Virgin by Bl. John Duns Scotus

 

Ordinatio

by Bl. John Duns Scotus

 

            Prologus, Part I:  “On the Necessity of Revealed Doctrine”, Question Sole

 

            Critical Edition of Latin with English Translation [HTML] :  by The Franciscan Archive (2005 Edition)

 

 

            Prologus, Part II, “On the Sufficiency of Sacred Scripture”, Question  Sole

 

            Critical Edition of Latin with English Translation [HTML] :  by The Franciscan Archive (2005 Edition)

 

 

Book, II, Dist. 3, part 1: "Whether a material substance is 'this' and individual through matter?"

            English trans. by Dr. John Kilcullen

 

Bk. II, D. 3,  p. II, qq.1-6, by Dr. Peter King, University of Toronto

 

Q. 1: Whether a material substance is individual by its very nature.

Q. 2: Whether a material substance is individual through some positive intrinsic feature.

Q. 3: Whether a material substance is individual through its very existence.

Q. 4: Whether a material substance is individual through quantity.

Qq. 5-6: Whether a material substance is individual through matter, or through some beingness per se determining the nature to singularity.

 

Bk. III, Dist. 32, Q. Sole, Translated by Dr. Thomas Williams, c/o Notre Dame University [HTML]

from the Wadding Edition

 

Dist. 32, Q. Sole:  Does God, in virtue of his charity, love all things equally?: 

 

Bk. IV, Dist. 46, qq. 1-3, Translated by Dr. Thomas Williams, c/o Notre Dame University [HTML]

from the Wadding Edition

 

Q. 1:  Is there justice in God?

Q. 2:  Is there mercy in God?"

Q. 3:  Are justice and mercy distinct in God?

 

Reportatio

by Bl. John Duns Scotus

 

 

Reportatio parisiensis 1A d. 3, q. 4

 

Dr. Peter King’s, working textual Latin Edition of Scotus's late Parisian discussion of the question:

 

"Whether in the intellective part of the soul taken strictly there is memory, having an intelligible species really distinct from the act of thinking and prior to the intellect's activity." PDF

 

Reportatio 1A, Dist. 44, q. 2, translated by Dr. Thomas Williams, University of Notre Dame [HTML]

 

Q. 2:  Can God make things better than he in fact made them?

 

 

Scoti Summa Theologica

by Friar Jerome of Montefortino (A. D. 1662-1738)

 

This is the Most Famous Recapitulation of the Thought of the Subtle Doctor, made according to the arrangement of and in comparison to the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas as set forth in his own Summa Theologica

 

The Franciscan Archive is honored to publish here selections from this work in PDF format, from the English translation by Dr. Peter Simpson (Professor of Philosophy and Classics City University, New York City, USA).

 

Pars III, Q. 27: “On the Sanctification of the Virgin”

Pars III, Q. 28: “Of the Virginity of the Mother of God”

Pars III, Q. 29: “Of the Espousals of the Mother of God”

Pars III, Q. 60: “What is a Sacrament?”

Pars III, Q. 61: “Whether the Sacraments are necessary for man’s salvation?”

Pars III, Q. 62: “The Sacraments’ principal effect, which is grace”

 

 

 

 


 

 

This page is part of

 

The Franciscan Archive

http://www.franciscan-archive.org/

 

A WWW Resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism