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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 29, Issue 2, 2017

Liran Shia Gordon
Pages 221-276

Rethinking Intuitive Cognition
Duns Scotus and the Possibility of the Autonomy of Human Thought

This study will examine the ontological dependency between the thinking act of the intellect and the intelligibility of the objects of thought. Whereas the intellectual tradition prior to Duns Scotus grounds the formation of the objects of thought and our ability to understand them with certainty in different forms of participation in the divine intellect, Scotus shows that the intelligibility of the objects of thought is internal to them alone and is not dependent on participation.

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