John Duns Scotus

John Duns Scotus

Duns, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Death 8 Nov 1308 (aged 42–43)
Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Philosopher, Theologian. A native of Scotland, hence his appellation "Scotus", John presumably came from Duns, Berwickshire. Joining the Greyfriars at Dumfries, he was ordained priest in Northampton in 1291. Traditionally kept as being educated at the Franciscan studium of Oxford, Duns remains renowned to this day and one of Europe's most skillful ad important scholars of the High Middle Ages, being given the title of "Doctor Subtilis". His theology on the absolute kingship of Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, dominated the Roman Catholic faculties of theology in nearly all the major universities of Europe for centuries. Passing away suddenly while in Cologne, Scotus was laid to rest there in the Minoritenkirche. According to Sir Francis Bacon in his 'Historia Vitae et Mortis', he was buried alive in the absence of his servant who to only person to know of his susceptibility to coma. Although many consider it as a myth, it is known that Scotus did suffer from acute fits that led him to enter into a coma. Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1993, Scotism played a major role in scholastic thought, while his arguments about the Immaculate Conception and the universal primacy of Christ were confirmed with the declarations of two dogmas by Popes Pius IX in 1854 and Pius XI in 1925.

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Scotia Me Genuit. Anglia Me Suscepit. Gallia Me Docuit. Colonia Me Tenet.



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