Philosophy Today 53 (Supplement):158-163 (2009)

Michael Wiitala
Cleveland State University
Within the relatively sparse secondary literature that focuses on and interprets medieval philosophy in light of continental philosophy, a number of scholars have attempted to exonerate the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas from accusations of onto-theology. Attempts at exonerating the metaphysics of Duns Scotus, however, are almost completely lacking. In fact, some have even suggested that Scotus ’ metaphysics represents the commencement of onto-theology. In this paper I strive to establish a starting point for an exoneration of Scotus ’ metaphysics by reexamining and reevaluating Heidegger’s reasons for condemning Western metaphysics as onto-theology.
Keywords Scotus  onto-theology  Heidegger
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DOI 10.5840/philtoday200953Supplement39
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