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The Sixteenth-Century Transformation of the Aristotelian Division of the Speculative Sciences

  • Charles H. Lohr
Part of the Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 124)

Abstract

The Aristotelianism of the period 1450–1650 presents a picture which differs radically from the university philosophy of the Middle Ages. Despite the many late medieval developments in logic and physics which would eventually contribute to the breakdown of Aristotelian science, the Aristotelianism of the earlier period remained predominantly clerical and offered an essentially unified world-view. But in the sixteenth century this unity broke down, so that we must speak not of one but of several Aristotelianisms in the Renaissance.1

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Sixteenth Century Speculative Science Latin Translation Aristotelian Philosophy True Principle 
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