Duns Scotus at the Intersection of Christology and Consciousness

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Michael N.J. Fatigati

Abstract

Rowan Williams writes that the core doctrines of Christianity need to “be made more difficult before we can accurately grasp their simplicities,” and that this “making difficult […] is perhaps one of the most fundamental tasks for theology.”1 If this is true, then contemporary consciousness studies have done a great service to Christology by making it more difficult than ever to contemplate the mind of a being who is both human and divine. Yet philosophers and psychologists have been so benevolent in their bestowal of new terms and concerns that, for someone studying Scholastic theology, it might seem difficult to find an entry point. This paper is an attempt to understand the points of intersection between consciousness studies and Christology, as well as to consider some modes of entry via the thought of Duns Scotus.

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Graduate Research Prize (Theology)
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Michael N.J. Fatigati

Michael N.J. Fatigati is a first-year M.A. student in the Department of Theology. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Biola University in California and is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute, where he worked for several years prior to Villanova. His research interests include the natural philosophy and philosophical psychology of Latin and Arab medieval thinkers, and how aspects of medieval thought can be reclaimed in a contemporary context. He would like to thank Dr. Kevin Hughes for his guidance throughout the process of writing this essay.