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John Duns Scotus - AFS500226
Anglický název: John Duns Scotus
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2020
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2 Z [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
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Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (01.10.2019)
Charles University
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
(MA module)

Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
Office hours:
Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Email: anna.tropia@ff.cuni.cz

Introduction to John Duns Scotus
Wednesday 15:50 - 17:25
Room: P225

This course will tackle the main theses, concerned with theory of cognition, expounded by John Duns Scotus (1265 – 1308) in his “Ordinatio” (= final draft before publication). In particular, we will read parts of the distinctio III, where the philosopher exposes the controversial doctrine of univocity of being and parts ways from his contemporaries (such as Thomas Aquinas and Henry of Ghent) concerning the first intellect’s object – the “primum cognitum” – and the knowledge of God. The text will be read in the recent and extremely helpful English translation by J. Van der Bercken (NY, 2016).

Cíl předmětu
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (18.09.2019)

 This course aims to provide students with an introduction to Scotus through the direct confrontation with his text. The new translation of Ord. I.3 is a great working tool, for it offers a clear and “modernized” access to it. Also, as this course addresses MA students, another major point will be that of stimulating the discussion and the reflection upon the main themes tackled through in-class readings and reading-seminars (exposition revolving around a portion of the text) by the students as well.

Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (17.09.2019)

 Course outline (draft)


The course will follow the structure of Ordinatio I, d. 3, part 1:

(1)  Can God be known naturally by the intellect of the wayfarer?

(2)  Is God the first thing that is naturally known by us in our present state?

(3)  Is God the first natural and adequate object of the human intellect in its present state?

(4)  Can we know a certain and genuine truth by natural means without any special illuminations?

Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (17.09.2019)

The text around which this course will revolve is


John Duns Scotus, On Being and Cognition. Ordinatio 1.3. ed. and tr. by John van den Bercken, NY, Fordham University Press, 2016 (English, unfortunately without parallel Latin text)


For those willing to give Scotus’ hard Latin a try, you can find it here: Ordinatio, in Iohanni Duns Scoti Opera Omnia, Civitas Vaticana, typis Vaticanis, 1950–, vol. III


For those who read French, it might be interesting to compare part of Van den Bercken’s translation with with Olivier Boulnois’: Sur la connaissance de Dieu et l’univocité de l’étant. Paris, PUF, 1988 (also provided with a rich introduction, though complex)


Secondary literature will be provided during the course; in a preparatory phase, it could be helpful to consult


T. Williams, “John Duns Scotus”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2016/entries/duns-scotus/


R. Pasnau, “Cognition”, in T. Williams (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to John Duns Scotus. NY, Cambridge University Press, 2002



Metody výuky
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (17.09.2019)

The course will be structured as a reading seminar. Participation and assignments’ reading is, thus, very important.

Požadavky ke zkoušce
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (17.09.2019)

This course is mainly addressed to MA students. BA students or ERASMUS: please notify the teacher. Students will be evaluated based upon the following two distinct parameters:


(1) Participation (which includes, yet is not limited to: doing the assignments, attendance, in-class active participation). If you are absent, please remember to check out the course moodle-page).

(2) A 30 min. in-class presentation to be discussed with the teacher based upon our schedule or a Final Oral Exam (date and additional information will be provided in due course)

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