Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pini's Edition of Scotus' Metaphysics

Giorgio Pini has published a critical edition from two manuscripts of a lost commentary on the Metaphysics by John Duns Scotus. I have not seen the text, so it has hard to tell from the publisher's blurb what it is like. But it sounds like a series of notes. It seems to correspond to cross references in Scotus' Quaestiones super Metaphysicam to a literal commentary. Anyway, here is the link to the publisher, and I have pasted the info below:

Corpus Christianorum
Ioannes Duns Scotus
Notabilia super Metaphysicam 

G. Pini (ed.)

LXXII+256 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57785-2
Languages: Latin, English
The publication is available.The publication is available.
Retail price: EUR 190,00 excl. tax    

John Duns Scotus’s Notabilia super Metaphysicam comprises a series of remarks on Bks. II–X and XII of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. The extant evidence points to their originally being either marginal notes on Duns Scotus’s own copy of the Metaphysics or scrapbook entries linked to the relevant portions of Aristotle’s text by caption letters. It appears that Duns Scotus kept adding to those notes in the course of his career.

The Notabilia offers a unique perspective on Duns Scotus’s interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. It also contains several original insights on key philosophical issues.

This work disappeared from circulation at Duns Scotus’s death and was consequently thought to have been lost. Several cross-references to and from other writings by Duns Scotus demonstrate both that the Notabilia here edited for the first time is a genuine work by Duns Scotus and that it is his allegedly lost commentary on the Metaphysics.
The current edition is based on the two extant witnesses, manuscript (Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, C 62 Sup., f. 51ra-98rb), which contains the text in its entirety, and manuscript V (Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 2182, f. 58vb-60ra), which contains Bks. II–IV in what is probably an older stage of the text.

Giorgio Pini (PhD, 1997) is professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, NY. He studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and was a visiting fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto), Katholieke Universities Leuven, and All Souls College (Oxford). He has published extensively on later medieval metaphysics and theory of cognition, with a particular focus on the thought of John Duns Scotus.


José Apolinar said...

Thanks for this amazing scholarly website. Both of you, Dr. Faber and Dr. Sullivan, have sparked a desire in me to learn more about the Subtle Doctor specifically and in general other scholastic theologians. I unfortunately do not know latin (yet!), so for now I am reading books about Bl. Duns Scotus or some of his translated works, in English and/or Spanish. I was wondering if the following two books would be beneficial to read:

"The Univocity Of The Concept Of Being In The Philosophy Of John Duns Scotus: A Dissertation" by Cyril L. Shircel which can be found here

"John Duns Scotus: Introduction to his fundamental Positions" by Etienne Gilson which can be found here

Lee Faber said...

Glad we were able to be of service.

Probably the best intro is that by Allan Wolter, "The Transcendentals and their function in the metaphysics of Duns Scotus". Some parts are dated, but all in all, a solid study.

The two volumes you mention are worth reading as well, though Gilson is ahistorical and all but repudiates his own book in the preface, as he wrote it prior to the critical edition. Shircel's interpretations have been criticized, though the main problem is rather that it has become outdated thanks to textual scholarship.