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Ethical Method of John Duns Scotus

A Contribution to Roman Catholic Moral Theology

Publication Year: 1992

The four papers in this volume were presented at a symposium celebrating the anticipated beatification of John Duns Scotus, summer 1992. They address Scotus’s perspective on The Nature of the Human Person, Free Will, and Decision-making in the private and public spheres.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Series: Spirit and Life


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pp. i-x

Before we focus on some of the contemporary questions which are causing great concern for front-line practitioners, let us look for a brief moment at the contemporary questions facing Franciscan philosophers and theologians. ...

Section I. Methodology and Contemporary Moral Theology

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Chapter I. Natural Law, Modernity, and Proportionalism: Limits of the Methods

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pp. 1-20

Here I will present several perspectives on natural law to show what I consider its essential claims to be. A core statement on natural law comes from Troeltsch: . . . the eternal principle of ethics lies first of all in the eternal Divine, world-wide, and natural Law of Reason, which ...

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Chapter II. The Ethical Methodology of John Duns Scotus

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pp. 21-44

The thought of John Duns Scotus is rich and complex. It has also has not had much public currency for the last several centuries. This is unfortunate because Scotus, like us, lived in a transition period, a time of change. He lived at the end of the period of High Scholasticism, at a time when new questions, new political ...

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Chapter III. Conclusion

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pp. 45-54

In this conclusion, I wish to highlight what I take to be the critical contributions of Scotus to contemporary debates on method in moral theology. I will group these under two headings. The first issue is a Scotistic perspective on the problems of the classical framework of classical natural law, expressed concretely in the ...

Section II. The Framework of Scotus' Moral Perspectives

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Chapter IV. The Harmony Of Goodness: Mutuality As A Context For Scotus' Moral Framework

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pp. 55-82

Ever since Alasdaire MacIntyre's seminal work After Virtue (1981) called for a different reading of the moral debate and the development of moral theory in the West, scholars have turned to a rediscovery of Aristotle in an attempt to uncover what is missing from moral discourse. A fruitful avenue for such research ...

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Chapter V. Moral Reasoning And Decision-making: Scotus On Prudence

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pp. 83-99

In Book I of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle defends the unique character of the moral domain, both in terms of the objects and the manner of practical moral reasoning (1094b 12-28). Moral judgments do not exhibit the certainty of scientific or mathematical conclusions, nor should one seek such certainty in matters which ...

Appendix A. Apostolic Letter of our Most Holy Father Paul VI

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pp. 101-110


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pp. 111-126

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592588
E-ISBN-10: 1576592588
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576590393
Print-ISBN-10: 1576590399

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 1992

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 3
Series Title: Spirit and Life
Series Editor Byline: Michael Cusato See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 794700855
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