Duns Scotus on the Will and MoralityeBook - 1986
Since the original publication of Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality in 1986, there has been a remarkable growth of interest in the thought of this early fourteenth-century Franciscan master. Allan B. Wolter's critically acclaimed book inspired much of the inquiry, and today it remains the standard source on Scotus' moral philosophy.
This new edition of the book retains the introduction and English translations of the original thirty-four selections of texts from Scotus' writings on the will and morality. In addition to a substantially expanded bibliography, the volume includes a preface written by William A. Frank.
"With admirable perseverance . . . the author has prepared the translation of a broad selection of Scotus passages, which in carefully ordered succession present a fairly full humanistic and Christian moral doctrine. The precise aim of the work is not completeness or a simple survey of ethics but a demonstration of the rational unity and consistency of Scotus' moral philosophy and its accessibility to human reason. For a generation of students whose command of Latin is limited this will be a valuable instrument for access both to a standard line of medieval thought and to an impressively unified Christian ethics. . . . A splendid book."-Manuscripta, on the first edition
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS:
Allan B. Wolter, O.F.M., is professor emeritus of philosophy at The Catholic University of America and distinguished research professor at the Franciscan Institute in St. Bonaventure, New York. He is the author of numerous works on medieval philosophy.
William A. Frank is professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas.
Table of Contents
Preface to This Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
1. General Remarks
2. Notes on the Specific Selections
Part I. The will and Intellect
1. Practical science
2. The will as a rational faculty
3. How the will controls thought
4. Coercion and free will
Part II. The will and its inclinations
5. The will and its inclinations
6. Natural will and natural volition
8. Synderesis and conscience
Part III. Moral goodness
9. The nature of moral goodness
10. The source of moral goodness
11. Degrees of moral goodness and badness
12. Does the end alone justify actions?
13. Morally indifferent acts
14. Is moral goodness conformity to God's will?
Part IV. God and the moral law
15. God's justice
16. God's absolute and ordained power
Part V. The moral law in general
17. Natural law and divine positive law
18. The decalogue and the law of nature
19. On marriage and bigamy
20. Divorce and the Mosaic law
21. Positive law and civil authority
Part VI. The intellectual and moral virtures
22. The will as the seat of the moral virtues
23. Moral virtue and the gifts and fruits of the Spirit
24. Are the moral virtues connected?
Part VII. The love of God, self, and neighbor
25. The infused virtue of charity
26. Love of God and neighbor
27. Love of God and self
Part VIII. Sin
28. Is the power to sin from God?
29. The sin of Lucifer
30. The sin of malice
33. The obligation to keep secrets
34. The sin of enslavement
Texts in Translation
Part I. The Will and Intellect
Part II. The Will and Its Inclinations
Part III. Moral Goodness
Part IV. God and the Moral Law
Part V. The Moral Law in General
Part VI. The Intellectual and Moral Virtues
Part VII. The Love of God, Self, and Neighbor