Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

The Aristotelian Tradition and the Rise of British Empiricism

Logic and Epistemology in the British Isles (1570–1689)

Authors: Sgarbi, Marco

  • Contains a unique history of epistemology before John Locke
  • First book that considers the intellectual background of the rise of empiricism and shows the continuity of the Aristotelian scientia in the seventeenth century  
  • Considers all the logical textbooks, which were published in Britian between (1570–1689   ​
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About this book

Offers an extremely bold, far-reaching, and unsuspected thesis in the history of philosophy: Aristotelianism was a dominant movement of the British philosophical landscape, especially in the field of logic, and it had a long survival. British Aristotelian doctrines were strongly empiricist in nature, both in the theory of knowledge and in scientific method; this character marked and influenced further developments in British philosophy at the end of the century, and eventually gave rise to what we now call British empiricism, which is represented by philosophers such as John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume. Beyond the apparent and explicit criticism of the old Scholastic and Aristotelian philosophy, which has been very well recognized by the scholarship in the twentieth century and which has contributed to the false notion that early modern philosophy emerged as a reaction to Aristotelianism, the present research examines the continuity, the original developments and the impact of Aristotelian doctrines and terminology in logic and epistemology as the background for the rise of empiricism.Without the Aristotelian tradition, without its doctrines, and without its conceptual elaborations, British empiricism would never have been born. The book emphasizes that philosophy is not defined only by the ‘great names’, but also by minor authors, who determine the intellectual milieu from which the canonical names emerge. It considers every single published work of logic between the middle of the sixteenth and the end of the seventeenth century, being acquainted with a number of surviving manuscripts and being well-informed about the best existing scholarship in the field.  ​

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“Marco Sgarbi offers a detailed examination of the epistemology and methodologies propounded by the logic textbooks in use at both Oxford and Cambridge … . Sgarbi has done sterling work in surveying the neglected logic texts of the period. The great value of his study is its detailed examination of these humble textbooks and his demonstration of their value as a source in the history of philosophy. For that reason it will be a valuable point of reference for all historians of early modern philosophy.” (Sarah Hutton, Intellectual History Review, October, 2013)

“Sgarbi, who has read the works of Ricardo Pozzo carefully, has written a book with a title that will command immediate attention from a wide range of historians and philosophers of early modern science. … Sgarbi’s energetic researches have produced a fairly thorough work in which nearly every printed English logic textbook is dealt with. … The book will be very welcome as introducing a necessary and very helpful nuancing to the views of the development of empiricism … .” (Daniel C. Anderson, Journal of Early Modern Studies, Vol. 2 (2), 2013)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sgarbi, Marco

    Pages 1-15

  • Logic in the British Isles During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

    Sgarbi, Marco

    Pages 17-33

  • Logic in the Universities of the British Isles

    Sgarbi, Marco

    Pages 35-51

  • Jacopo Zabarella’s Empiricism

    Sgarbi, Marco

    Pages 53-77

  • Early Aristotelianism Between Humanism and Ramism

    Sgarbi, Marco

    Pages 79-97

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9489-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Aristotelian Tradition and the Rise of British Empiricism
Book Subtitle
Logic and Epistemology in the British Isles (1570–1689)
Authors
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4951-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4951-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4950-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9489-4
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 260
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