Continental Aristotelians in the British Isles

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


During the first half of the seventeenth century the syncretic and systematic works of the German logicians such as Bartholomäus Keckermann, Christoph Scheibler and Johann Stier were very successful in the British Isles. The first syncretic author to have some popularity in British universities was Keckermann, whose Gymnasium logicum is an abridgement of his Systema logicae. Keckermann’s work shows no particular innovation in the field of logic, but is rather a compromise between Ramism and Zabarellism in the matter of systematization of knowledge. It is a striking example of how logic was used at the time to solve theological controversies, to which the textbooks constantly refer. Nonetheless, as I have shown in the previous chapters, Keckermann’s works were very popular and well-studied in the university courses. In logic, his real success was not so much the Gymnasium logicum as the Praecognitorum logicorum tractatus tres (1599), and the Systema logicae (1600), later included in the Systema systematum. This is particularly striking because these textbooks lacked English editions and they seem to have exerted more influence than the Gymnasium logicum: as we shall see, these works were the source of inspiration for many Aristotelian seventeenth-century logical textbooks such as those of Airay and Coke.


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  1. 1.MantovaItaly

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