PHIL 7076 Metaphysical Themes in Duns Scotus
John Duns Scotus († 1308) is commonly recognized as having made a major contribution to Western metaphysics. Because his works are quite technical, however, only a limited number of specialists are directly acquainted with his views. In this course, we will study and discuss some key topics such as being, substance, essence, and individuation. Our focus will be on Scotus's actual texts and on their context, not on sweeping historical narratives. The primary goal of the course is to provide the necessary tools to reconstruct Scotus's arguments with precision and in some detail. The texts we will be made available on-line in English translation. For those who may be interested, the original Latin text will also be made available, but no knowledge of Latin is required to take this course.
I will indicate some relevant bibliography as we proceed, but those interested in getting a preliminary idea about Scotus's metaphysics may start with:
P. King, "Scotus on Metaphysics," in The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus (Cambridge, 2002), pp. 15–68.
(NB: the Cambridge Companions are available through Fordham University Electronic Library Resources).