Duns Scotus and Ockham

Duns Scotus and Ockham - Will vs intellect Aquinas’...

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Duns Scotus John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) Less confident in reason than Aquinas Debate on Universals Only individuals are real Problem with “prime matter” “Haecceity” “Thisness” Specific property in an individual that explains why that individual is an individual “Aseity” Absolute independence God or “unmoved mover” “Perseity” Relative independence Independent but related to other things Dependent on other things Criticism of Aquinas’ proofs for God’s existence Addition to “ontological” argument
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Unformatted text preview: Will vs. intellect Aquinas’ priority • Highest activity ♦ Intellect/Contemplation • Intellect and its relation to its object • To Scotus and Ockham, this limits God’s power. Duns Scotus • Highest activity ♦ Will (specifically love) • Relation to object • Relation to happiness • God’s commands & contingency Scotus says that God chose the way the universe was, there were no preexisting universal laws, or preexisting nature of God. He chose to make everything as it is....
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