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Duns Scouts On The Origin Of The Possible In The Divine Intellect

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There is agreement among all interpreters that Scotus attributes an important role to the divine intellect in the constitution of possibles, but ambiguity remains regarding what precise role the divine intellect has. Interpreters agree that according to Scotus, God does not bestow the modal status on possibles. God does not make impossible things become possible or possible things become impossible. In this sense, the possibles are independent from God. Author shows, in light of epistemological considerations Scotus nevertheless affirms the dependence of possibles upon God. This chapter discusses the historical and theoretical context of Scotus's doctrine on the possibles. It makes some terminological clarifications with regard to Scotus's concept of possibles. It then examines the famous texts where Scotus posits two constituents of possibles, i.e. divine knowledge and formal character of the possible thing. Finally it addresses in its own right the problem of dependence of the possibles on God.

Keywords: divine intellect; divine knowledge; Duns Scotus; God; possibles



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