Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Scotus' view on our freedom, and of the unity of the intellect and will

From: "bill cranston" To: tusarnmohapatra@mail.com CC: Subject: Heidegger and Scotus Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 08:13:54 +0000
Dear Tusar, Having only just discovered that Heidegger wrote his 1915 thesis on Duns Scotus, I have done the obvious thing and googled on 'Heidegger Scotus.' Hence arriving at your piece at
You mention how 'difficult' Scotus is. In my (so far limited) mentions of him to others, he is mostly dismissed as 'too subtle.' Thanks for your book recommendations. In return, I would mention the work of Professor Alexander Broadie. He has a major interest in Scottish Philosophy, as you will see from his home page
He has studied Scotus in depth. I have a copy of his little book 'Why Scottish Philosophy Matters,' where he assigns a major role to Scotus - and explains that role. For example there are descriptions of Scotus' view on our freedom, and of the unity of the intellect and will, - descriptions which I have been able to follow (although it is hard work!). The book is out of print - but there are a few second-hand copies available via Abe-books, starting at around US $12.00.
Looking below, you will see that I am a member of the British Teilhard Association (www.teilhard.org.uk). There are links between Teilhard and Scotus - these need to be brought out, I think - but that's another topic! -- bill cranston (Membership Sec, British Teilhard Association) 3 Anthony Road, LARGS, Ayrshire, KA30 8EQ, Scotland, UK Tel: 44 (0) 1475 686374

1 comment:

  1. Just a note, but I believe that first link is someone quoting a blog post of mine from several years ago.

    I've blogged on Scotus a bit over the years although I'm anything but an expert on him. I find him an intriguing but difficult figure.