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Fides Quaerens Intellectum: John Duns Scotus, Philosophy And Prayer

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What the elements of the spiritual journey are and how they are expressed in the activity of prayer according to John Duns Scotus emerges more clearly after the author has traced out the journey and noted the significant aspects. This chapter explores this Scotist journey as it appears in the central text Tractatus de Primo Principio, or the Treatise on God as First Principle. It shows where the rational framework of the Tractatus is laid out. The chapter considers the role of prayer and the philosophical highpoint of the Tractatus where divine existence is demonstrated. After looking at the textual progression, the chapter offers some concluding remarks considering the significance of this Scotist framework, what it reveals about the tradition of Franciscan prayer and what it enables one to conclude about the Subtle Doctor's attitude toward the spiritual-intellectual journey from the mind to God.

Keywords: Franciscan prayer; John Duns Scotus; Scotist framework; spiritual-intellectual journey; textual progression; Tractatus de Primo Principio



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