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|John Duns Scotus|
Portrait of Duns Scotus, "The Subtle Doctor"
|Full name||John Duns Scotus|
Duns, County of Berwick, Kingdom of Scotland
|Died||8 November 1308
Cologne, Electorate of Cologne, Holy Roman Empire
Medieval realism (Scotistic realism)
|Main interests||Metaphysics, theology, logic, epistemology, ethics|
|Notable ideas||Univocity of being, haecceity as a principle of individuation, Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary|
|Blessed John Duns Scotus, O.F.M.|
A statue of John Duns Scotus by Frank Tritchler in the Public Park in the town of Duns erected in 1966
|Religious and priest|
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
|Beatified||20 March 1993, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II|
|Major shrine||Franciscan Church, Cologne, Germany|
Template:Catholic philosophy John Duns, commonly called Duns Scotus (c. 1266 – 8 November 1308), a Scotsman, is generally considered to be one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages, together with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham. Scotus has had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought.
The doctrines for which he is best known are the "univocity of being", that existence is the most abstract concept we have, applicable to everything that exists; the formal distinction, a way of distinguishing between different aspects of the same thing; and the idea of haecceity, the property supposed to be in each individual thing that makes it an individual. Scotus also developed a complex argument for the existence of God, and argued for the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
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Colophon from the edition of Scotus' Sentences commentary edited by Thomas Penketh (died 1487) and Bartolomeo Bellati (died 1479), printed by Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, Venice in 1477. It reads Explicit Scriptum super Primum Sententiarum: editum a fratre Johanne Duns: ordinis fratrum minorum Printed versions of scholastic manuscripts became popular in the late fifteenth century.
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