An addition to Anselm's proof from Proslogion by John Duns Scotus
Source document: Religio. 2000, vol. 8, iss. 2, pp. -168
ISSN1210-3640 (print)2336-4475 (online)
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John Duns Scotus is trying, in two places of his work, to improve the famous Proslogion argument of St. Anselm of Aosta. These thoughts seem to cause difficulties for the interpreters of Scotus' philosophy, as they consider John's thinking to be quite different from Anselm's outcomes, and they are at a loss why Doctor Subtilis sees certain ideological alliance with the Canterbury archbishop. -- This study is trying to trace some points of concurrence between both thinkers and also to find out how did John Duns Scotus understand the thoughts of Anselm and why he thought that their trains of thoughts might have been similar to a certain extent. The main expostulation which Scotus gives Anselm is a small correlation of his argument with actually existing world, and so he frames his improvements so that there would be a secured link to the factually real existences. Anselm must have been well aware of this as he considered existence to already posess the actual being. Scotus envisaged the existence in a diferent way and that is why he had to add these improvements. -- John Duns Scotus' understanding of Anselnt's argument is, with his own reading of Proslogion, quite diferent from other medieval, and not only medieval, thinkers, who are represented in the study by St. Thomas Aquinas.