• Marco SgarbiEmail author
Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 32)


With the research carried out in this volume I have attempted to emphasize a neglected aspect of early modern philosophy, that is, the strong presence of the Aristotelian tradition in the British Isles, and its empirical strand, which could have influenced the genesis of British empiricism. It is not the task of this study to examine the Aristotelian traces in empiricist authors such as Locke, Berkeley and Hume, but to reconstruct the philosophical background and framework in which their thought originated; some aspects of their empiricism can be explained only in reference to the academic Aristotelian tradition, even if these authors established themselves as anti-scholastic, anti-Aristotelian philosophers outside the official institutions. From the present investigation, for instance, it should be clear that the emphasis on sensation as the source of knowledge can no longer conceived as Locke’s innovation: the British Aristotelian tradition had dealt with it already, pushing the mind’s reliance on sensation to the forefront of epistemology and natural philosophy.


Seventeenth Century British Isle Official Institution British Empiricism Philosophical Background 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MantovaItaly

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