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The Aristotelian Tradition and the Rise of British Empiricism. Logic and Epistemology in the British Isles (1570–1689)

My book The Aristotelian Tradition and the Rise of British Empiricism. Logic and Epistemology in the British Isles (1570–1689) will be published late this year in the series Studies in History and Philosophy of Science by Springer.

This book is a radical reappraisal of the importance of Aristotelianism in Britain. Using a full range of manuscripts as well as printed sources, it provides an entirely new interpretation of the impact of the early-modern Aristotelian tradition upon the rise of British Empiricism, and reexamines the fundamental shift from a humanist logic to epistemology and facultative logic. It aims at reconstructing the philosophical background and framework in which the thought of philosophers such Locke, Berkeley and Hume originated: The book shows that a number of aspects of British empiricism can be accounted for only in reference to the Aristotelian tradition, which holds even for philosophers who had established themselves as anti-scholastic, anti-Aristotelian philosophers working outside academic institutions.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1. Matters of Method
1.2. ‘Aristotelianism’ and ‘Empiricism’
1.3. Status quaestionis
2 Logic in the British Isles during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
2.1. From Scholastic Logic to Humanistic Logic
2.2. The Rise and Fall of Ramism (1574-1585)
2.3. The Advent of Aristotelianism
3 Logic in the Universities of the British Isles
3.1. Cambridge
3.2. Oxford
3.3. Scottish Universities
3.4. Dublin
4 Zabarella’s Empiricism
4.1. The Nature of Logic
4.2. Knowledge and Experience
4.3. The Habit of Principles and the Induction
4.4. Scientific Method
4.5. Experiential Empiricism
5 Early Aristotelianism between Humanism and Ramism
5.1. Aristotelianism, Humanism and Scholasticism
5.2. Digby’s Eclectic Aristotelianism and anti-Ramist polemic
5.3. John Case and the Early Dissemination of Paduan Arisotelianism
6 The Influence of Paduan Aristotelianism on the Genesis of the British School
6.1. Griffith Powell and Paduan Aristotelianism
6.2. Giulio Pace in the British Isles
6.3. British Aristotelians on the Continent
6.4. Flavell’s Methodological Aristotelianism
7 Continental Aristotelians in the British Isles
7.1. German Aristotelianism
7.2. Logical Jesuit School
7.3. Dutch Aristotelianism
8 The Empiricism of the Seventeenth-Century Aristotelianism
8.1. Samuel Smith’s Introduction to Logic
8.2. Edward Brerewood’s Elements of Logic
8.3. Robert Sanderson’s Empiricism
8.4. Crakanthorpe’s Doctrine of Induction
8.5. Aristotelianism during 1620s and 1630s
9 The Reformers of Aristotelian Logic
9.1. Francis Bacon and the Problem of Induction
9.2. William Harvey and the Return of Paduan Aristotelianism
9.3. Hobbes and Logic as Calculus
10 Late Seventeenth-Century Aristotelianism
10.1. Aristotelianism, 1650-1670
10.2. Aristotelianism of the 1670s and 1680s
11 Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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