We are a group of seven theologians who live and work in Belgium and the Netherlands, and study together the work of John Duns Scotus (1266-1308). In our publications we analyze and explain his texts, which are written in the tradition of medieval scholasticism. We also try to show the relevance of his ideas to contemporary theology and philosophy. Duns Scotus was a Franciscan and a brilliant medieval master whose legacy still is of great value to science and church.

The Researchgroep John Duns Scotus is affiliated to the Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF) of Leuven (Belgium).

The Researchgroup consists of the following members:




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Antonie Vos (research leader)


A. (Antonie) Vos (*1944) studied theology and philosophy in the 1960s. He taught philosophy in the theological faculty of the University of Utrecht during the years 1967-84, and systematic theology and church history from 1984 to 2009. Presently he is professor of historical theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF) in Leuven (Belgium). Among his books are Kennis en Noodzakelijkheid (disser- tation, 1981) and The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus (2006).


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AntoonVos 65jrIn 1981 Antonie Vos, lecturer at the theological faculty in Utrecht, defended his thesis Kennis en noodzakelijkheid (Knowledge and necessity), in which Duns Scotus takes a crucial place.


In the same time he gathered a group of students to study the work of Scotus. This group first studied Lectura I 39, the key-text of Scotus, in which he develops his fundamental theory of contingency and freedom for the first time. From this commentary the group expanded its interest to other Scotus-texts.

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