Dominic Abbott, “Inside the Mind of a Medieval Friar: Humility in the Face of Ecclesiastical Authority”, Theology Research News (31 May 2021).
Medieval scholastics are famous for their deductive, dialectical method. Their logical propositions are worked through via syllogisms, in which logic holds total primacy, and in which they were rarely afraid to criticise each other’s arguments harshly. They were, however, often humble in the face of authority, rarely wanting to deviate from official Church teaching. The Franciscan friar John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) was one such medieval Scholastic.
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