Jacopo Zabarella’s Empiricism
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In the previous chapter I have reconstructed the intellectual background in which the thought of Zabarella and other Paduan Aristotelians began to take root and spread. Before examining the impact of Paduan Aristotelianism on the genesis of empiricism, it will be necessary to focus on the most important Aristotelian doctrine from Padua received across the Channel, and the extent of its influence on native Aristotelianism. Furthermore, it is necessary to clarify some basic Paduan ideas, and in particular those of Zabarella, which were absorbed and re-elaborated by British Aristotelians, so that we can better assess the real innovations and originality of this movement.