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Fonseca, Pedro da(1528–99)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-C016-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Called in his own time ‘the Portuguese Aristotle’, Pedro da Fonseca was a sixteenth-century Jesuit philosopher and theologian. Schooled as a Thomist, Fonseca was a master of the Greek, Arabic and scholastic traditions, which enabled him to pursue his own independent line on various issues dealt with by Aquinas and Aristotle. As reflected in his publications, his chief accomplishments were in logic and metaphysics. He authored two very important and widely used works: a clear, comprehensive and systematic textbook in logic (Institutionum dialecticarum) and an edition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics with translation plus explanation and commentary. A third shorter work of introduction to logic (Isagōgē philosophica) was also influential.

Citing this article:
Doyle, John P.. Fonseca, Pedro da(1528–99), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-C016-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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