Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Species, Intelligible

  • Leen SpruitEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1064-2


The doctrine of intelligible species formed an integrating part of the heritage of Scholastic philosophy handed down to the Renaissance. A large number of authors now applied themselves to the notion of species, defending, revising, or rejecting it, as the case might be, including fifteenth-century Platonics, the larger part of Renaissance Aristotelians, and exponents of late sixteenth-century naturalism.

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Primary Literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud University NijmegenNijmegen,The Netherlands