Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality

Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality

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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


Introduction


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


7. Happiness


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


31. Lying


32. Perjury


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



Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, Ă1986
ISBN: 9780813220468
0813220467
0813206227
9780813206226
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 543 pages)
Additional Contributors: Wolter, Allan B. 1913-2006

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