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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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(p.264) Chapter 7 Ontology
The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Antonie Vos

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses the works of John Duns Scotus about ontology. It explains that Scotus's philosophy has many ontological solutions which arise from theological dilemmas, and that the tension originates from the familiar modal limitations of conceptual structures at home in traditional thought. The chapter discusses the main line of Scotus's ontology of contingency and the dilemma of rival interpretations of potential, and explores his thoughts about neutral proposition and conceptual univocity.

Keywords:   ontology, John Duns Scotus, philosophy, theological dilemmas, traditional thought, contingency, potentia, neutral proposition, conceptual univocity

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