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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.302) Chapter 8 Epistemology
The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Antonie Vos

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines John Duns Scotus's ideas and thoughts about epistemology. It discusses the basic epistemological and methodological principle of parsimony, analyses Scotus's epistemological excursus in Lectura I and looks at its systematic background. The chapter explores the three kinds of certain knowledge mentioned in Scotus's Ordinatio I, which include knowledge of self-evident principles, experiential and inductive knowledge, and self-evident knowledge of human acts. It also explains Scotus's treatment of intuitive knowledge and memory.

Keywords:   epistemology, John Duns Scotus, parsimony, epistemological excursus, Lectura I, Ordinatio I, self-evident principles, inductive knowledge, self-evident knowledge, intuitive knowledge

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