Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recent Links of Note

I came across a list of 64 theses that are supposed to constitute the positions of the Scotist school, ca. 1697, and will post a translation soon. In the meantime, here are a few links I've run across in the past few days:

An Early Modern Scotist.

A bio of Luke Wadding (editor of the Wadding edition, professor at Salamanca, and gunrunner for Irish rebels). Items of Scotist interest pop up from time to time on this blog.

Duns Scotus Lives, from the ISIS magazine (so bad it's almost good; also, not the ISIS you are thinking of).

A podcast by Joshua Blander on the formal distinction.

The Scotus festivities at the Antonianum.



Anonymous said...

Sorry this is a little off topic but I was wondering if you know of any links that give a good comparison between Duns Scotus and Aquinas or better still Thomism and Scotists? Thanks.

Lee Faber said...

I can't say that I do. The old catholic encyclopedia has an article on scotism, though it is general and full of factual errors in virtue of being written a hundred years ago. Most other internet pages are based on this one.

I trust you received my email? The address you specified did not work.

Anonymous said...

I did and thank you. I also retyped my email address in the reply.

These links are good by the way and might be borrowed for a topic in the future at my blog - especially the link to

A topic that interests me in relation to Scotist and Thomist thinking is how both schools describe (or argue the plausibility) the Trinity and the parallels and differences there are(maybe the real distinction would be an example on the Scotist side). While I embrace Thomism (at the exclusion of course of some Scotist ideas) I do accept him as both an important and significant philosopher theologian.

I suppose a few book suggestions would be helpful in relation to my understanding of Duns Scotus - something very accessible and for a non-Scotist/specialist reader. Maybe I can figure out the differences etc. on my own and start to blog about it as I learn; since I am certainly no expert on Scotus but feel I should know much more.

Lee Faber said...

Well, I'm reading Bettoni's Duns Scotus right now, and he manages to present Scotus' basic positions with a bare minimum of technical jargon. It's out of print, and based on an italian original from the '40's so in parts it's outdated, but I'm enjoying it. My co-blogger has spoken highly of Ingham's vision of Duns Scotus, which I haven't read.

If it's the Trinity you're after, you could try Cross's Duns Scotus on God. Much more techinical, but he does provide a lot of translated snippets from Scotus with commentary. He also sometimes points to alternatives in Aquinas, so you would have a basis of comparison.

Anonymous said...

That is helpful, thank you Lee. Happy New Year.

Jim Given said...

Dear Lee Faber and Irish Thomas,

I am deeply interested in the topics of comparison between and/or synthesis of Thomas and Duns Scotus. Google will confirm almost nothing on these topics in English. Very different ways of reckoning with the same realities: perhaps an intrinsic problem for any comparison. I like the extended comparison in Sylwanowicz' book on Contingent Causality. Apologies for off-topic; please email me.
Jim Given

Anonymous said...

@Jim Given

I am in the same boat as you. I certainly don't think I would have the specialist expertise to deal with this topic.

I will add that I have noticed quite a lot of interest in a possible comparative metaphysics between Duns Scotus (and Scotists) and Thomas Aquinas (and Thomists).

Anonymous said...

@Jim Given

I have planned for a while to take this topic up. Hopefully at some stage.