By Richard Cross
The character and content material of the concept of Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) continues to be principally unknown other than by means of the professional. This booklet offers an obtainable account of Scotus' theology, focusing either on what's designated in his suggestion, and on concerns the place his insights could turn out to be of perennial price.
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Or good, or powerful, in the ways that we might be good, or powerful? If it does, then God will look like some kind of (large-scale) human person. If not, on the other hand, it will be difficult to see just what it does mean to claim that God is wise, or good, or powerful. Scotus defends something like the first of these two opinions. To understand his view, we need to get clear on some terminology. Some definitions We often use one and the same word in many different contexts. Sometimes we will be using the word in ihesame sense in these different contexts, and sometimes we will be using the word in different senses in these different contexts.
Scotus picks out three features that distinguish the two series: The first difference is that in essentially ordered causes, the second depends upon the first precisely in the act of causing. In accidentally ordered causes this is not the case, though the second may depend upon the first for its existence or in some other way. The second difference is that in essentially ordered causes the causality is of another nature and order, inasmuch as the higher is the more perfect, which is not the case with accidentally ordered causes.
The reason is that, however long or short an A-series is, its various stages will always require further explanation outside the series. An infinitely long A-series is no more problematic or explanatorily insufficient than a finite series. 13 I have indicated where I think that there are problems with Scotus's non-modal argument. , that there will be a first efficient cause of the series). This might not look like a strong conclusion, but it is an important stage on Scotus's route towards God's existence.
Duns Scotus (Great Medieval Thinkers) by Richard Cross