John Duns Scotus Additional Biography


(Survey of World Philosophers)

0111205927-DunsScotus.jpg John Duns Scotus (Library of Congress) Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Article abstract: With his closely woven synthesis of Scholastic philosophical and theological thought, Duns Scotus created the school of Scotism. His rigorous and subtle critical method and fresh theoretical formulations influenced important later thinkers, from his own time to the present.

Early Life

Little is known for certain about the life, early or late, of John Duns Scotus, both because of the period in which he was born and because his life was not one of action but of thought; he was a thinker rather than a doer. The exact date of Duns Scotus’s birth is unknown, but evidence suggests that he was born in the town of Duns in March of 1266. He evidently was the son of a...

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