Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Or Can He?

In the interest of fairness, I ought to point out a rather embarassing error I ran across in the Ordinatio yesterday; In d. 12, Scotus references back to d. 10, but quite clearly he means d. 11 (its so obvious its painful to read). I suppose he didn't write the two sections at the same time.

2 comments:

Scott Carson said...

Isn't the Ordinatio a reportatio? I can't remember for sure, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but if it is, that might explain this kind of error.

Lee Faber said...

Thanks for reading, Dr. Carson. Actually, both the Lectura and Ordinatio are by Scotus's own hand. The problem is that Scotus took several years revising at least the first two books of the Ordinatio; he died before finishing. The revisions take the form of marginal notes as well as "cedulae", pieces of paper stuck in alongside the prior text. I don't remember where the error occured, in the main text or an addition, but I suspect he just had a mental lapse. Also, he doesn't have a strict distinction to distinction correspondance to the order and kinds of questions asked in the Lombard's text, probably adding to the confusion.