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John Dunce Scotus

The Man Behind The Word “Dunce”, John Duns Scotus

John Duns Scotus is generally considered to be one of the three most important theological philosophers of the middle ages.² He had considerable influence on Catholic and Secular thought, including being the first to argue for Mary’s Immaculate Conception. How did this highly influential figure come to be the origin of the word “Dunce”? Well his story begins in 1266.  King Edward I had only recently returned home from the 9th Crusade when Friar Elias Duns entered his young nephew, John […]

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