De Subtilitate and De Rerum Varietate

  • Markus Fierz


DE SUBTILITATE is considered Cardano’s chief work, although he himself hardly shared this view. Certainly his natural philosophy cannot be inferred with sufficient clarity from this work alone. For this reason Cardano suggested in De Libris propriis that De Natura be studied in preparation for this book. It then becomes apparent that the essential ideas of his natural philosophy are already contained in De Subtilitate, albeit frequently without any logical explication. Furthermore, his anti-Aristotelian position is not nearly as apparent in this work. One must keep in mind that the educated reader of the time was well-versed in Peripatetic philosophy, and was—even without explicit references—probably much more aware than we are that Cardano did not always share the opinions of “the philosopher.”


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  • Markus Fierz
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  1. 1.KüsnachtSwitzerland

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