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    Love, Power and Consistency: Scotus’ Doctrines of God’s Power, Contingent Creation, Induction and Natural Law.Cal Ledsham - 2010 - Sophia 49 (4):557-575.
    I first examine John Duns Scotus’ view of contingency, pure possibility, and created possibilities, and his version of the celebrated distinction between ordained and absolute power. Scotus’ views on ethical natural law and his account of induction are characterised, and their dependence on the preceding doctrines detailed. I argue that there is an inconsistency in his treatments of the problem of induction and ethical natural law. Both proceed with God’s contingently willed creation of a given order of laws, which can (...)
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    Disrupted Cognition as an Alternative Solution to Heidegger’s Ontotheological Challenge: F. H. Bradley and John Duns Scotus.Cal Ledsham - 2013 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 74 (4):310-328.
    Heidegger accuses ontotheologies of reducing God to a mere object of intelligibility, and thereby falsifying them, and in doing so distracting attention from or forgetting the ground of Being as unconcealment in the Lichtung. Conventional theistic responses to Heidegger’s ontotheological challenges proceed by offering analogy, speech-act theorising or negative theology as solutions. Yet these conventional solutions, however suitable as responses to Heidegger’s Die ontotheologische Verfassung der Metaphysik version of the ontotheological problem, still fall foul of Heidegger’s more profound characterisation of (...)
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    Newly-Identified Scholastic Works in Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, Ms. 290/682.Cal Ledsham - 2020 - Bulletin de Philosophie Medievale 62:169-193.
    This article describes a large manuscript: Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, ms. 290/682, which is a paginated copy of Peter Lombard’s Sentences. Approximately 175 of its pages cont...
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    Pleasure in Philosophy and the Pretext of Theology.Cal Ledsham - 2015 - Quaestio 15:729-738.
    This paper considers the hermeneutic position, recently gaining some traction in the secondary literature, that Scholastics in the years 1330-1350 were not primarily interested in theology. Rather, their increasing engagement with “English subtleties” – a set of “logico-mathematical” techniques we now associate with scientific inquiry – was driven by their new, distinctively secular, natural-philosophy interests. In this, they become proto-moderns and philosophers in our contemporary sense. Consideration is given to whether this “pretext” reading of the Scholastics is coherent and plausible, (...)
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    Robert Holcot’s De Imputabilitate Peccati is Actually Osbert of Pickenham’s Utrum Omne Peccatum Sit Imputabile Voluntati.Christopher D. Schabel & Cal Ledsham - 2020 - Bulletin de Philosophie Medievale 62:335-338.
    In Lyon in 1497 Badius printed the Sentences questions and other material attributed to the Dominican Robert Holcot, active at Oxford in the early 1330s. It turns out that the so-called De imputabi...
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