Insufficient solutions of the problem of individuation according to Johannes Duns Scotus

Filozofia 59 (5):356-365 (2004)

Abstract

Scotus' theory of common nature is the basis of his solution of the problem of indivi_duation. The common nature itself is indifferent regarding the modes of universality and singularity, there is no conflict in its being "this" and "non-this". The ground of universality is reason; the principle of individuation, which is the ground of singularity, was determined later, after the critical discussion of the conceptions of his predecessors. It leads him to a conclusion, that the principle of induividuation must be positive , intrinsic , substantial , occurring rather in the order of form . This criticism suggests his own original way of the resolution of the problem of individuation

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