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The Physics of Duns ScotusThe Scientific Context of a Theological Vision$
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Richard Cross

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269748.001.0001

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Introduction: Physics and Duns Scotus

Introduction: Physics and Duns Scotus

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Physics and Duns Scotus
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The Physics of Duns Scotus
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Richard Cross

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269748.003.0001

This chapter introduces the central concepts in Duns Scotus's natural philosophy and physics. One of them is his theory of individuation, where each individual has a own non-repeatable property called ‘haeccecity’. Almost as famous as this theory is his defence of what philosophers call ‘contra-causal’ freedom, freedom to bring about ‘not-a’ even if all the conditions are necessary for bringing about ‘a’. The chapter offers historical, philosophical, and theological reasons for examining Scotus's physics. It also cites his theological theories — divine timelessness, angels and the human soul, grace, the Incarnation, the Immaculate Concepcion, and transubstantiation. Lastly, it provides a brief outline of the topics discussed in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   individuation, haeccecity, Scotus, contra-causal freedom, theological theory, Scotus's physics

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