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Duns Scotus

1265 - 1308

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John Duns Scotus (c. 1265/66 – 8 November 1308), commonly called Duns Scotus ( SKOH-təs; Ecclesiastical Latin: [duns ˈskotus]; "Duns the Scot"), 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.Scotus has had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought. The doctrines for which he is best known are the "univocity of being", that existence is the most abstract concept we have, applicable to everything that exists; the formal distinction, a way of distinguishing between different aspects of the same thing; and the idea of haecceity, the property supposed to be in each individual thing that makes it an individual. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Duns Scotus has received more than 906,202 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Duns Scotus is the 148th most popular philosopher (down from 122nd in 2019), the 198th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 149th in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Duns Scotus ranks 148 out of 1,081Before him are Jiddu Krishnamurti, Clement of Alexandria, Simone Weil, György Lukács, Martin Buber, and Hans Kelsen. After him are Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Kabir, Jean Baudrillard, Herbert Marcuse, Hippias, and Adi Shankara.

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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 Andrew Moray. Among people deceased in 1308, Duns Scotus ranks 1After him are Albert I of Germany, Mesud II, Chungnyeol of Goryeo, Emperor Go-Nijō, Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal, George I of Bulgaria, Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of Sicily, Clare of Montefalco, Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse, Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel, and Hayton of Corycus.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Duns Scotus ranks 198 out of 7,765Before him are Thomas Newcomen (1663), Roald Dahl (1916), Roger Taylor (1949), Cat Stevens (1948), George Best (1946), and Edward the Black Prince (1330). After him are James Hunt (1947), Saint Ursula (400), Ben Kingsley (1943), Henry III of England (1207), Stan Laurel (1890), and Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Duns Scotus ranks 12Before him are Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), Joseph Priestley (1733), and John Venn (1834). After him are John Wycliffe (1324), Alcuin (735), Pelagius (360), Thomas Carlyle (1795), William Godwin (1756), and G. E. Moore (1873).