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The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus$
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Antonie Vos

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624621

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624621.001.0001

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The philosophical theory of God

The philosophical theory of God

(p.465) Chapter 13 The philosophical theory of God
The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Antonie Vos

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines John Duns Scotus's philosophical theory of God. It explores issues regarding the existence and nature of God, and considers several additional aspects of God's knowledge, including contingent nature of his immutable knowledge and the infallibility and eternity of divine knowledge. The chapter explains that although terms such as philosophy of religion and philosophical theory of divine attributes are not immediately applicable to Scotus's doctrine of God, large parts of his doctrine can be transposed into a modern theory of divine nature because of his use of a concept of demonstration which is derived from a strict theory of proof.

Keywords:   God, philosophical theory, John Duns Scotus, immutable knowledge, infallibility, divine knowledge, divine nature, theory of proof

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