Duns Scotus

1265 - 1308

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John Duns Scotus ( SKOH-təs; Ecclesiastical Latin: [duns ˈskɔtus], "Duns the Scot"; c. 1265/66 – 8 November 1308) was a Scottish Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, university professor, philosopher and theologian. He is one of the four most important Christian philosopher-theologians of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages, together with Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure and William of Ockham. Duns Scotus has had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Duns Scotus has received more than 1,097,990 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Duns Scotus is the 137th most popular philosopher (up from 146th in 2019), the 171st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 198th in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Duns Scotus ranks 137 out of 1,267Before him are Friedrich Fröbel, Swami Vivekananda, Isocrates, Zygmunt Bauman, Baron d'Holbach, and Oswald Spengler. After him are Martin Buber, Wilhelm Dilthey, Giambattista Vico, Hans Kelsen, Porphyry, and Emanuel Swedenborg.

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Among people born in 1265, Duns Scotus ranks 2Before him is Dante Alighieri. After him are Beatrice Portinari, Temür Khan, Andrew III of Hungary, Alfonso III of Aragon, Henry of Bohemia, Emperor Fushimi, Ramon Muntaner, Lucia, Countess of Tripoli, María de Molina, and Otto III, Duke of Carinthia. Among people deceased in 1308, Duns Scotus ranks 1After him are Albert I of Germany, Mesud II, Emperor Go-Nijō, George I of Bulgaria, Chungnyeol of Goryeo, Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of Sicily, Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse, Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal, Clare of Montefalco, Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel, and Trần Nhân Tông.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Duns Scotus ranks 171 out of 8,785Before him are Edward V of England (1470), Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846), William Ramsay (1852), Brian May (1947), Roger Waters (1943), and Anthony Eden (1897). After him are George Boole (1815), Guy Fawkes (1570), John Milton (1608), George Best (1946), Edward Smith (1850), and Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank (1935).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Duns Scotus ranks 12Before him are Herbert Spencer (1820), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), William of Ockham (1285), John Venn (1834), and Joseph Priestley (1733). After him are John Wycliffe (1324), Pelagius (360), William Godwin (1756), G. E. Moore (1873), Thomas Carlyle (1795), and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855).