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Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Spell of John Duns Scotus
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Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Spell of John Duns Scotus

John Llewelyn


The Early Mediaeval Scottish philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus shook traditional doctrines of logical universality and logical particularity by arguing for a metaphysics of ‘formal distinction’. Why did the Nineteenth Century poet and self-styled philosopher Gerard Manley Hopkins find this revolutionary teaching so appealing? John Llewelyn answers this question by casting light on various neologisms introduced by Hopkins and reveals how Hopkins endorses Scotus’s claim that being and existence are grounded in doing and willing. Drawing on modern respon ses to Scotus made by Heidegg ... More

Keywords: formal distinction, logic, metaphysics, being, existence, doing, willing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781474408943
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Llewelyn, author
Reader in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh (Retired)