Single Idea 22122

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

Full Idea

Duns Scotus said the primary object of the created intellect was being, rejecting Aquinas's Aristotelian view that it was limited to the quiddity of the sense particular, and Henry of Ghent's Augustinian view that it was God.

Gist of Idea

Being (not sensation or God) is the primary object of the intellect


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

I suppose the 'primary object of the intellect' is the rationalist/empiricism disagreement. So (roughly) Aquinas was an empiricist, Duns Scotus was a rationalist, and Augustine was a transcendentalist? Augustine sounds like Spinoza.

Related Idea

Idea 22108 First grasp what it is, then its essential features; judgement is their compounding and division [Aquinas]