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Scotism is the term applied either to the doctrine of Duns Scotus or of his school.

1. Origin. The controversy among Aristotelians was at its height during the teaching career of Duns Scotus (c. 1300), with the ancient Franciscan school (St. Bonaventure etc.) of the Augustinian type opposed to the Thomistic (see Scholasticism II C). On 7 March 1277 the Bishop of Paris, Stephen, along with the University, had condemned 219 philosophical theses, including some of St. Thomas’s. Archbishop Kilwardby, O. P., declared some theses of St. Thomas to be da…

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Carlo Balić, “Scotism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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