The Reformers of Aristotelian Logic

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


For the first half of the seventeenth century, as we have seen, Aristotelian logic dominated in the British Isles, pervading not only university, but also sophisticated treatises from outside the university. The consent was almost unanimous, and a British Aristotelian school with an empiricist strand was born and disseminated at the universities. The problem of sensation and induction was paramount to all the most important Aristotelian philosophers, who tried to elaborate a method for scientific knowledge. This is a peculiarity of British Aristotelianism. In Germany, logic was useful for solving theological disputes or as an ancillary discipline to ontology and metaphysics—that is, its study was not primarily the foundation of scientific method.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MantovaItaly

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