Scotus was an Irish philosopher – reputed to be the first major Christian philosopher since Augustine.
According to Thomas Cahill, Scotus was at a dinner with the King of France when he was asked this question by the monarch, “So tell me Johannes Scotus, what separates an Irishman from a fool?”
Scotus quietly replied, “Only this table.”
The answer and the question were given in jest.
But it was an indicator of Scotus’ keen mind.
He was one of the few in his day that was fluent in Ancient Greek.
His work bears more study.