>Heidegger was a Dunce

August 16, 2010 § Leave a comment


Heidegger’s early work on Husserl was influenced by his work on Duns Scotus. Scotus argued against a eudaimonistic view of morality (which Aquinas held) — based on a morality determined by human happiness and the will. As Thomas Williams points out (and translates):
“Therefore, that affectio iustitiae, which is the first controller of the affectio commodi with respect to the fact that the will need not actually will that to which the affectio commodi inclines it, or will it to the highest degree, is the innate liberty of the will”
Thus the affectio iustitiae provides the freedom that the will could not have if it were merely intellective appetite.
Heidegger’s work on Scotus leads to his work on Aristotle’s concepts.
Renaissance humanists reacting against Scotus’ thinking labelled his students “dunces.”
McGrath, Sean J. “Heidegger and Duns Scotus on Truth and Language.” Review of Metaphysics 57.2 (2003): 339-358. Philosopher’s Index. EBSCO. Web. 15 Aug. 2010.
Williams, Thomas. (1995). “How Scotus Separates Morality from Happiness,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (1995): 425-445. [Preprint available online.]

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