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Henry Of Ghent's Influence On John Duns Scotus's Metaphysics

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This chapter focuses on some central points of metaphysics in which Henry's doctrine manifests considerable originality while noticeably influencing Scotus, either by preparing Scotus's position or by impelling him to find a ground-breaking solution. The first section examines how God can be known by means of notions that are common to God and creatures analogically (Henry). The second section concerns a closely related issue, namely the notion of being qua being as the subject of metaphysics. In order to bring out their novelty, it presents the approaches of Henry and Scotus against their historical background, with particular emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, who was an important point of reference especially for Henry of Ghent, prompting his admiration and critique. Second, for Aquinas, &t;what God is&t; cannot be known in this life; rather, it can only be known when God is seen face to face.

Keywords: God; Henry; Henry of Ghent; Scotus; Thomas Aquinas

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