Quaderni di Noctua, Vol 5 (2019)

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Essere è volere. Il problema dell’onnipotenza in Duns Scoto

Gian Pietro Soliani


The aim of this article is to examine Duns Scotus’ account of divine omnipotence. I shall firstly consider his doctrine of the objective possible and the distinction between logical potency and metaphysical potency. Secondly, by drawing on Scotus’ main texts on divine omnipotence (especially the Quodlibet VII), I will argue that, in his view, God’s omnipotence is not demonstrable, but at the same time is not an irrational concept, as Aristotle and many Medieval philosophi claimed. Finally, I shall discuss the connection between Scotus’ theory of being and that of the superiority of the will over the intellect.


Keywords: Duns Scotus; Quodlibet; omnipotence; being; will.


English titleTo be is to want. The problem of omnipotence in Duns Scotus


DOI: 10.14640/QuadernidiNoctua5-9

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