Duns Scotus at the Intersection of Christology and Consciousness

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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)