Single Idea 22121

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / a. Nature of Being]

Full Idea

Duns Scotus was the first scholastic to hold that the concept of being and other transcendentals were univocal, not only in application to substance and accidents, but even to God and creatures.


'Univocal' means having only one meaning

Gist of Idea

The concept of being has only one meaning, whether talking of universals or of God


report of John Duns Scotus (works [1301]) by Stephen D. Dumont - Duns Scotus p.205

Book Reference

'Shorter Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Craig,Edward [Routledge 2005], p.205

A Reaction

So either it exists or it doesn't. No nonsense about 'subsisting'. Russell flirted with subsistence, but Quine agrees with Duns Scotus (and so do I).